Sunday, June 29, 2008
There are still arguments back and forth on whether or not this is actually going to happen. There is a plethora of instant film fanatics who are protesting such devastating news. There are those who are asking Fujifilm (and other companies) to take over the market that Polaroid wants to leave behind. There are tons of sites dedicated to the 'art' of the instant photo.
I was going to write some thoughts on what the classic polaroid photos mean to me, but I came across this site that simply says it all. SAVEPOLAROID. Take a gander down memory lane and let these folks express in their words, what a polaroid can mean to each of us.
Here's a fake polaroid of me sailing. This just can't compare to the real thing!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
It was not easy to play in the 80 degree heat though. I definitely need more water before hand next time. We played some four on four and everyone played really nicely together! If you're interested in joining us, please do!!
Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
- Ronald Reagan
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
This time is a little sadder for me. Some of these kids have been on my team for two and three seasons. Next year they'll move up a division because of their ages. If Adrian and I decide to just continue to coach the same division at the YMCA, we won't get to keep working with those kids, and that makes me sad. I get attached to certain players. The ones who have such extraordinary potential to be great. Not just in the sport, but in life. I want to see how they grow up and who they become. I've grown to believe in them. I want to watch my belief be proved right. Does this make sense? Sometimes clarity is not my greatest strength.
My first thought is to wonder how I will be able to 'let go' of my own children when it isn't easy to let go of another's. Then it occurs to me that I will never have to let go of my kids this way. I'll never have to see them off wondering if I'll ever hear from them again. Granted, things like being sent to war may warrant such a question, but I mean in the sense that they won't be strangers. I will be able to follow their lives. I will see their success, and their failures. All the while believing in them. In fact, I actually look forward to sending them off into the world, mighty warriors they will be. I have such vision for my family. We will have great times together during 'practice' but the whole reason for practice is to be ready for the game. It's always exciting to me to watch my team go out and put to use all the lessons they've learned. I love it when one of them shows off some fancy footwork! It's the greatest when they score a goal after trying so hard and then they turn and look at the side lines for approval, "Did you see me Coach? I did it!" Priceless.
I've learned much this season and I've got some great memories to go with those lessons. Below is a photo of the prestigious plaque the Icebreakers presented me with. A lovely thank you and the signature of each spirited player. It will serve as a reminder of this spring. The photo above is the necklace Adrian and I gave to each player. Of course, we each have our own, too! I hope it will bring back wonderful memories to each kid for years to come. I know it will do that for me. One of my favorite pieces of neck wear is a simple basketball bead on a ball chain necklace that I got during 8th grade basketball. As I wonder what exactly it is I like about it so much, I fail to recall any real specific details about the season, but I know it affected me. My coach influenced me to believe in myself. He made it clear, that if we didn't believe in ourselves, we would never find success. The only one who can bring me down - is me.
I seem to have rambled a bit and just sorta regurgitated various thoughts without much order, but I wanted to share. All I have left to say, is that if you ever get the chance or opportunity to coach or mentor young people in any facet, please, PLEASE do it. If not for their sake, for your own.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
- I have been with this company since they were Voicestream and have good repoir with them.
- I am on a month to month cycle - meaning I can get out anytime without huge fees.
- They currently are gifting me an extra 50 minutes of airtime for being a loyal customer.
- TM uses SIM cards which means I can switch phones without needing to see a service rep. This is handy if my phone breaks (I can use my backup until I decide on a new phone) or if my battery dies when I really need to make a call (I can either use my backup if it's handy, or find someone with a SIM ready phone and borrow theirs without having to use their minutes).
- I have used this service while in Europe and know it to work great for making calls.
- I love the instant access to my 'minutes used' count and 'current balance' by just dialing #MIN# or #BAL#.
- Easy access to my account online. I can make payments, change my plan, or even upgrade my phone from any internet ready computer.
- I am able to purchase any SIM ready unlocked phone available on the market - I don't have to buy from TM directly. This means I can save money on new phones. In fact, that's how I bought my current phone. I really wanted it and TM had quit selling it.
- I had outrages bills to my account when I came home from Europe and was slightly jerked around being told different things and had to settle for extra free rollover minutes as a settlement. I would have preferred the charges to have been removed.
- Service coverage. I give it a 7.5 out of 10. There are local areas that are difficult to get reception at.
- I've noticed over the years that TM has slowly pulled plan features from 'standard' plans and turned them into 'extras' that you have to purchase separately. I.e. they used to provide every customer with 50 free text messages with every plan. Disappointing.
- [i'm sure i'll think of something else to add later]
- I have lots of family and friends on this network - no airtime usage to call them or for them to call me.
- I admit, it probably has better service coverage. BUT I've only had it a week.
- Online account access (though I'm not familiar with it) and phone book storage application.
- I would be on a family plan and save $30 a month (if we don't split the bill three ways).
- Instant access to 'minute count' though not as simple as TM's function. It teeters on being in the 'Cons' list actually.
- Plenty of local service reps if questions arise.
- Verizon appears to be very controlling of what customers can do with their phones. Certain features are 'locked out' to force you to purchase more from them.
- They do NOT use SIM technology at all. I have to go to them for any change in phone. If my phone breaks and I can't afford a new one, I'm outta luck!
- I would be on a family plan and no longer have my own account to continue building credit with.
- I would be starting over from scratch building a new relationship with a new company.
- I can't say for certain that it's the service (it may be the phone) but the call audio comes across rather digital sounding. At times it's difficult to hear the caller.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
"Definitely polka dots."
Why does she even ask? Maybe I should break up with her. Why did I think signing up for this class with her was a good idea? This assignment is a joke. Somehow it's supposed to teach me that I'm not ready to be a parent. At what point did I ever claim that I want to have a child? I'm on their side! I wonder if we can give this doll up for adoption. There's plenty of girls in the class who think they're ready to be a parent who'll take it. Won't that prove that I learned my lesson? Man, I'm brilliant! I can be done with the assignment sooner and get an 'A'!
"Mrs. Brent, Dana & I want to give up our baby for adoption, so it can have a better life."
"WHAT?!" Dana's head whipped around so fast I thought the room actually spun. Maybe I should have told Dana the plan first.
"Charlie! We are NOT giving away our baby to some stranger! Forget it!"
Thankfully, Mrs. Brent wanted to explore the option more. "Now hold on a minute, Dana. I think Charlie should have a chance to make his case."
***********to be continued*******************
Prompts for this week:
1] Use this sentence as non-main character dialog in your story: "That was a good plan."
2] Write a story that takes place in a laundromat in the middle of the day.
3] Write a story with all animal characters - in the second person.
Monday, June 16, 2008
We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.So basically, you can leave a message for the unsaved to be sent after you've left. I think that'd be a little freaky! However, it got me thinking.... what would I want to say to those left behind if I am raptured (meaning, if I'm alive at the rapture)? Or even just after I die? With today's advanced technology, it's possible to send messages from the afterlife.
Since Blogger now allows you to pre-date your posts, I'm going to go ahead and write some messages that will only be posted if I am unable to re-date them to a future time. Meaning, if I die, am raptured, or perhaps am in a coma, I will still be a faithful blogger!
Did you see P.S. I love you? Just because I won't be here, doesn't mean I'll stop loving you all!
My training today was upper body focused - Back, Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, & Biceps. I ended up over-estimating some of the starting weights for a few of the exercises, and I actually under-estimated for the others. I think it was better to be under though. I ended up missing a couple exercises, but it wasn't too much of a big deal. I only needed to to 12 reps on each of them. I'd tell you what I can bench right now, but I'm not sure what the bar weighs..... :) It was sorta sad because I know I've been able to bench with weights in the past. No worries, just gives me something to look forward to. While waiting for dad to finish his workout, I walked the track and then shot some hoops. My arms were beginning to feel like jelly, so it felt a bit weird.
While working on my triceps, I overheard a couple of teenaged boys talking about dinosaurs and the bible. When they were resting between reps, I said hello and told them I overheard them. I offered them a set of Dr. Hovind's Creation Science Seminar DVDs. I told them how wonderful they were and they would answer the dinosaur question and so many more with hard science. I really didn't want to talk to those boys. But I felt like I should. One of them seemed to be trying to pursuade the other that 'just because dinosaurs aren't in the bible, doesn't mean God doesn't exist.' I thought he would be excited that someone would be on his side and give him a way to prove what he was saying. Of course, dinosaurs ARE in the bible, but I didn't want to come across like a know-it-all or something. They seemed to think I was offering them drugs or something, "Naw, I'm good" is what one of them said when I offered the DVDs. Maybe they thought I was hitting on them.....
I'm feeling stronger already! Grrrr!
"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.
Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."
- Frank Tibolt
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Well here he is, the man himself: my father. He's a simple guy. Loves to laugh. Loves to make other people laugh. He smiles like a child - full of joy. We are much alike, him and I. We both like to start things, and then 'put them away for another day'. We both like our gadgets. We think too much. We really love our naps. We even look alike.
The most important thing he could have ever done in my life as my father, was to introduce me to the Father. My dad taught me about God. He showed me the truth, and he has given me freedom. He has set an example for me, by always making time for the Lord. My dad makes mistakes, and messes up like the rest of us. He didn't mess up here though. He has stood strong. I am thankful for my dad.
My dad's the smartest guy,And my dad's the bravest guy,Andy my dad's the neatest guy,It's positively so.Maybe I'll introduce you,Then you'll know that it's the truth,That my dad,My dad's the greatest guy you know!!(Janeen Brady, My Dad)
Friday, June 13, 2008
The town of Charleston will celebrate Charlie’s life with a 1/8th km “creep and crawl” led by the Wild Women of Charleston at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, followed by his wake."Followed by his wake." Are they serious!? It almost makes me fuming mad. Every day, EVERY day thousands of unborn children are chopped into pieces in the name of choice. Why is there not a march held for each and every individual who is so brutally murdered this way? No one holds a wake for these little ones. How many of these "Wild Women" who will be leading this ridiculous march, are believers in 'choice' when it comes to abortion? How many of them will mourn the lost of a giant piece of wood and yet care nothing for a tiny human life who has suffered the same fate. What ugly hypocrisy. What a terrible grief my heart has felt. How much longer with this evil persist?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Okay, Jami. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to start a story with one of the following:
#1 - I stood starring through the train as it clicked past the platform and I thought to myself, "What in the world am I doing?"
#2 - "Three, two, one ..... hey!"
#3 - As I turned and walked away from him for the last time, he said, "Every ending is only the start of another beginning." He was right.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. Recently, I have be pondering the condition of my health. Getting back to the gym is a must. This afternoon, I decided to look up some info about getting into shape. It seems there's plenty of plans out there for folks looking to lose weight, which is wonderful for them! I found it more difficult to find workout strategies for someone like me, who's looking to actually gain weight - with the exception of those workouts meant for Bodybuilders. However, freakishly large arms isn't my goal. So what are my goals?
These are the areas I would like to improve:
- Mental alertness.
Naturally, I looked up the corresponding website and found information on the annual Challenge they offer people to participate in. The Challenge is a 12-week workout regimen that includes strength training, cardio training, and nutrition training. So I took it. I downloaded the information packet and record keeping forms, snapped a couple 'before' photos, and now I'm challenging YOU. I'm gonna need a LOT of hassling from my loving friends in order to make it through. I will need the most help with eating right and getting myself to the gym. I'm asking you, not to join me (though I'd love it if you did!), but to encourage me and push me. Call me and ask me how I'm doing, send me uplifting text messages or emails, send me goofy photos of bodybuilders with my head pasted on! Share healthy recipes that even I could make. Anything that you think will help motivate me. So there it is. Will you take my challenge?
Those of you who know me best, know that I'm a dreamer and can be totally psyched about something one day and then two days later I couldn't care less about it. Please help me stick to this! I actually don't WANT to post this entry because I know I will then be accountable. How many times have I stated my action plan for something and then failed to follow through? Way more than I'd like to admit.
As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Click here for original publication.
Indian school names monkey god as its chairman
By BISWAJEET BANERJEE
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
LUCKNOW, India -- He's a revered Hindu monkey god. And now, he's the chairman of an Indian business school.
Hanuman, the popular god known for his strength and valor, has been named official chairman of the recently opened Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management in northern India, a school official said Saturday.
The position comes with an incense-filled office, a desk and a laptop computer. Four chairs will be placed facing the empty seat reserved for the chairman and all visitors must enter the office barefoot, said Vivek Kangdi, the school's vice chairman.
"It is our belief that any job that has the blessings of Lord Hanuman is bound to be a success," said Kangdi.
All Hindus know that Hanuman can lift mountains and leap oceans, but ancient texts make no mention of his business acumen.
"When we were looking for a chairman for our institution, we scanned many big names in the field of technology and management. Ultimately, we settled for Lord Hanuman, as none was bigger than him," Kangdi said.
Hanuman is one of the most popular gods in the crowded pantheon of Hindu deities. His most famous feat, as described in the Hindu epic the Ramayana, was leading a monkey army to fight the demon King Ravana and rescue a kidnapped princess.
The Sardar Bhagat Singh College in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, awards bachelor's degrees in engineering and management. The school opened last year.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Well, it's June. I have successfully lived two months with no job. And by successfully, I mean, I have no debt. I've yet to generate any income over the past two months, unless you some how want to count my economic stimulus check. I recently posted an ad for photography services on Craig's List and am organizing somethings for a yard sale. I'm no where near an empty bank account, but obviously, I don't want to wait until I am to start making some deposits. SMRT.
Over the past 60 days I have considered different options for my future. Joining the circus was not one of them. Ultimately friends, I want to be a wife and then a mother. Seeing how this isn't a dream I can chase on my own, I am finding myself having to seek other options until this dream is closer to a reality. Unfortunately, it's like having to choose your second choice. Who wants that? Besides, I don't even know what my second choice is. That's the main frustration. Or maybe I do know what my second choice is, but I don't see how to chase it, so I ignore it. Either way, I seem to have a lack of direction.
If I don't figure it out soon though, perhaps one day you'll get a call from me with an offer for free tickets to see my performance at the circus when it's in town.