Monthly Archives: September 2006

Thursday Thirteen #2

Here’s my second Thursday Thirteen…my thirteen favorite foods.

  1. Pizza — but not just any pizza. I used to say that pizza was like sex…when it’s good…oh, never mind. You know what I’m saying. However, in my 39+ years of life, I’ve found that there are some truly God-awful pizzas out there. When I had the energy, I made a pretty good pizza myself, including some veggie and shrimp creations. But instead, here are a few shoutouts to my favorite places that I’ve had the good fortune to experience: Giordano’s, Nancy’s, Connie’s, Josie’s, and Rosati’s. Those are the best ones I remember, anyhoo.
  2. Steak. New York Strip to be specific. Charbroiled, sprinkled generously with McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning. And when I said charbroiled, I mean charcoal. Not gas. To be served with the following:
  3. Baked potato, with sour cream, butter, salt. Medium or sharp cheddar optional.
  4. Asparagus. Fresh and grilled.
  5. Lasagna. I guess it can be screwed up, but you’d have to work at it.
  6. Bagels with cream cheese. A bagel should be crispy outside when toasted, but still chewy on the inside. Favorite flavors include Everything, Sesame, and Onion bagels. And if you can make that cream cheese mix with some lox…yes m’am!
  7. The sandwich I described last week. Crusty, elongated bakery roll with pepperoni, ham, provolone, tomatoes, lettuce, onions (optional), Italian dressing. Throw it together, wrap in foil, and bake to perfection.
  8. Scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar, sour cream, and Louisiana hot sauce.
  9. Time for dessert. Tiramisu at Maggiano’s. Anywhere else that attempts this creation is kidding themselves.
  10. Fort Wayne, Indiana had a definite dessert standout. Zesto’s still has some of the best soft-serve ice cream I’ve ever had…which is high praise coming from someone that used to make…
  11. Ben & Jerry’s. New York Super Fudge Chunk. Chocolate ice cream, huge chunks of dark and white chocolate, chocolate-covered almonds, walnuts. *sigh*.
  12. Pumpkin Cheesecake. My friend Larry in Fort Wayne used to make these during the holidays, with a walnut-honey streusel on the top.
  13. Cheeseburger…done right. I can’t even come up with a formula for this one, but just know that it has to be done right, and I have to be in the right mood for it.

Honorable mention goes to: cashews, Johnsonville’s Cheddarwurst, PB&J sammiches, and (if the mood is right) donuts.

I reserve the right to edit this post to whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.

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It’s Monday Madness!!!

From Monday Madness:

1. From jstar: Holiday in Europe or Asia?

I’m torn…but I would probably pick Asia at this point. Just a bit more intriguing to me. Specific countries I would lean towards would be Japan and India, possibly China and Russia.

2. From sherle: How do you try to change a behavior pattern you don’t like about yourself… whether it’s chewing fingernails, overeating, smoking, or picking your nose?

Find something else to take its place. Not that it always works.

3. From tricia: Have you ever successfully completed a Sudoku puzzle?

Yes. Lots of them. I even have USA Today Sudoku on my cell phone.

4. From caylynn: What website do you visit the most often?, with second being

5. From michael morgan: What was your favorite thing about high school or college?

My favorite thing? That it’s over.

Guess I was kinda short with my answers…don’t really feel well today. I feel like I’m trying to come down with something.

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Personal update

Hi there. I know I’ve been doing a lot of memes lately, but I thought I would just post something on how I’ve been doing.

I’m starting to learn to rate everything on a scale from 1 to 10 because it seems that I have the same answers to about every question lately. For instance, if you ask me “how are you feeling?” “are you tired?” “are you feeling better?” “have the doctors come up with anything else?” it will always be the same answers. I feel tired. I’m ALWAYS tired. Better is a relative term. No, they haven’t come up with anything else.

Lately, though, I’ve been feeling like I’m managing just a bit better. However, this has not come without lifestyle changes. Some simple, some a bit more profound (at least to me). For instance, I’m feeling better today than I thought I would. But, what that means, is that on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being bedridden, 10 being out running) I’m at about a 5. So, even though I’m saying that I’m better, don’t expect me to even go out to the movies this afternoon. I’m stayin’ put.

Work has been going very well. I have remained productive (for the most part), and I’ve found someone else at work having a lot of problems with fatigue. Unfortunately, I know what this person has been going through, with everyone making comments like “oh, guess we know who stayed out too late partying”, etc. Unfortunately, she doesn’t even have a diagnosis…so it’s probably rougher on her than me. And of course, she even made the comment “wow, I would have never even noticed you were tired”. Just goes to show…you never know what someone’s going through unless you walk a mile in their shoes.

I worked all morning in church, and didn’t get out until after 1:00pm. A long day, considering I got there at 7:15. I love going to my church (most of the time). Even though they can’t all relate to what I’m going through, they tend to be supportive and glad to see me. I can’t wait for our next series, which is targeted to us singles on finding the right mate. It will be the first time in my church’s 11 year history of doing any series on single folks like us.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll keep doing memes so y’all can learn a little bit more about what makes me tick….at least, when I have the energy to tick…lol.

God bless you.

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The Shoe Man

From my email….

I showered and shaved……………
I adjusted my tie.
I got there and sat…………..
In a pew just in time.

Bowing my head in prayer………
As I closed my eyes.
I saw the shoe of the man next to me…..
Touching my own. I sighed.

With plenty of room on either side……
I thought, “Why must our soles touch?”
It bothered me, his shoe touching mine…
But it didn’t bother him much.

A prayer began: “Our Father”………….
I thought, “This man with the shoes..has no pride.
They’re dusty, worn, and scratched.
Even worse, there are holes on the side!”
“Thank You for blessings,” the prayer went on.
The shoe man said……………a quiet “Amen.”
I tried to focus on the prayer…….
But my thoughts were on his shoes again.

Aren’t we supposed to look our best…..
When walking through that door?
Well, this certainly isn’t it,” I thought,
Glancing toward the floor.

Then the prayer was ended…………
And the songs of praise began.
The shoe man was certainly loud……
Sounding proud as he sang.

His voice lifted the rafters………
His hands were raised high.
The Lord could surely hear….
The shoe man’s voice from the sky.

It was time for the offering………
And what I threw in was steep.
I watched as the shoe man reached….
Into his pockets so deep.

I saw what was pulled out…………
What the shoe man put in.
Then I heard a soft “clink” ….
as when silver hits tin.

The sermon really bored me……….
To tears, and that’s no lie.
It was the same for the shoe man…..
For tears fell from his eyes.

At the end of the service……..
As is the custom here.
We must greet new visitors….
And show them all good cheer.

But I felt moved somehow………….
And wanted to meet the shoe man.
So after the closing prayer……….
I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark…..
And his hair was truly a mess.
But I thanked him for coming………
For being our guest.

He said, “My names’ Charlie……….
I’m glad to meet you, my friend.”
There were tears in his eyes………
But he had a large, wide grin.

“Let me explain,” he said………..
Wiping tears from his eyes.
“I’ve been coming here for months….
And you’re the first to say ‘Hi.'”
“I know that my appearance………
“Is not like all the rest.
“But I really do try……………..
“To always look my best.”

“I always clean and polish my shoes….
“Before my very long walk.
“But by the time I get here………
“They’re dirty and dusty, like chalk.”

My heart filled with pain…………
and I swallowed to hide my tears
As he continued to apologize………
For daring to sit so near.

He said, “When I get here………..
“I know I must look a sight.
“But I thought if I could touch you..
“Then maybe our souls might unite.”

I was silent for a moment…………
Knowing whatever was said
Would pale in comparison…
I spoke from my heart, not my head.

“Oh, you’ve touched me,” I said……
“And taught me, in part;
“That the best of any man…………
“Is what is found in his heart.”

The rest, I thought,……………..
This shoe man will never know.
Like just how thankful I really am…
That his dirty old shoe touched my soul

You would have to know by now that I would be more like the dirty old shoe man than the gentleman in a tie. The first time I go to about any church is usually in either jeans or shorts. After all:

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

Something to think about on Sunday.

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Thursday Thirteen #1…for me.

Since I’ve been doing memes for a while, I found this one…and finally got the guts, chutzpah, whatever, to join in.

Here’s my Thursday Thirteen. My first. The link to the main page will also be on the right side.

  1. I get most upset when I’m driving. So many people have no common sense when they get behind the wheel of a car. Denise over at Mental Excrements has captured several of my pet peeves on her Thursday Thirteen this week. Since that’s hers…I’ll back off on doing 13 of my pet peeves this week. I’ll stick to one.
  2. I have fibromyalgia. I try not to complain too much, but I know I still do sometimes.
  3. I started this blog as an update for friends and family as to how all of my medical tests were going. But now that I have an almost useless diagnosis, it has morphed into a peek into my psyche. For those strong enough to stomach such a sight.
  4. You wouldn’t know it, but I love to cook. I used to cook all the time. But being single, and having too many leftovers rot in the fridge cures anyone of that urge. Nowadays I’ll only cook if there’s a potluck or similar gathering. And I have to have the energy for it.
  5. Even though I’m a computer nerd, and built my own computer, it’s almost 7 years old. It still runs faster than a lot of the stuff I see in people’s homes, though. =P
  6. I’ve been married twice. I’d probably say more about it, but I’m afraid that one of my exes will find this page and complain that I’m slandering her. Frankly, I don’t have insurance against that kind of stuff. No, no. I’m not worried about getting sued. I’m worried about having to deal with either one of them.
  7. I like all kinds of music, though I find that as I age, my flexibility in music has diminished greatly. Over the past week, I’ve listened to everything from Bond to Sevendust. List of bands on current playlist: Audioslave, Train, Velvet Revolver, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Ambrosia, Toto, Earth Wind & Fire, Billy Joel, and The Brothers Johnson.
  8. I found that Krusteaz pancake batter and frozen berries make the best pancakes. Ever.
  9. I’ve also found the best sandwich in the world. Take an elongated, crusty bakery roll. Slice in half lengthwise. Add ham, pepperoni, provolone cheese, lettuce, and tomato, along with oregano and Italian dressing. Wrap in foil. Bake. Eat. Smile. Repeat.
  10. I’m tired. Always. Guess you already know that, though.
  11. What makes me happiest in life is helping someone solve a problem by using creativity, and looking at something in a totally different way than anyone had thought of before. If you’ve ever seen Amelie, you’ve seen my soul’s delight.
  12. I’m a Republican. If you don’t like it, don’t leave snotty comments.
  13. I’m a people-watcher. Watching people in public that aren’t cognissant of the fact that other people could be watching them is funnier than any sitcom could ever be.

Well, I got through this week. If you’re visiting, welcome.

God bless you…

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…to the Diamondbacks farm system. Last night, in a nationally-televised game on ESPN2, the Tucson Sidewinders captured the AAA championship from the Toledo Mud Hens by winning the 2006 Bricktown Showdown 5-2. The game was played in Oklahoma City in front of a crowd of 12,572. Unbelieveable attendance for a minor league game.

Pat’s nephew Brian Barden, an infielder for the Sidewinders, went 1 for 2 with two walks and a run scored. Even though he wasn’t called up to the Diamondbacks with Hammock and Hairston, he will be spending his winter down in Mexico playing winter ball, hoping to increase his skills and visibility enough to attract the attention of a major league club that will not keep him in the minors. Congrats to Brian and the Sidewinders. What a year!

Congratulations also go to the rookie-level Missoula Osprey, who completed an impressive sweep of everyone they faced in the playoffs. Way to go!

Looks like the Diamondbacks should have enough talent to keep stocking Phoenix with major league talent for quite a while.

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Wednesday’s Mind Hump

Courtesy of our friends at Blogdrive Insanity…today’s mind hump. Today they’re celebrating Board Game Appreciation Day, along with Talk Like A Pirate Day, which was yesterday.

1. Are you a fan of board games?
Somewhat. I mean, I like board games, but it seems hard for me to get a bunch of people together to play, since I’m single with no kids.

2. What’s your favorite board game and why?
Would probably have to say Trivial Pursuit…because I usually win.

Well, actually, it is kind of interesting to play.

The reason I say that is because people will invite me to play, knowing that I will probably kick their tails. And then, knowing that, they will attempt to beat me. The reactions that I get when that happens range from “well, he knows all this stuff because used to study all the time” to “get outside more often, ya moron!”

3. Blackbeard, Hook, Sparrow – who’s your favorite pirate?
Don’t have a favorite pirate. And when I think about it…pirate….someone that makes a living doing nothing but pirating a boat and making their living by stealing from others. Naah. Don’t think I’ll have a favorite anytime soon.

4. If you were a pirate, what would you name yourself?
Captain Stubby McGirth.

5. Uh oh! Someone’s gotta walk the plank! Choose a celebrity you want to throw overboard (all in good fun, of course. We’re not actually advocating for the tossing of celebs in the ocean).
Choose one??? Oh, so many to choose from. OK. One? That would have to be….Rosie O’Donnell. This is a person that went from being a funny comedienne to a hate-filled, venom-spewing talk-show troll. It started with her interview of Tom Selleck, and now we have her as a hostess on The View saying that “radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.” Rosie, I don’t mind that you’re gay. You have to answer to God for that one, and it’s none of my business. I don’t even mind that you’re liberal. Everyone is entitled to their views. But if you think you’re going to be on a television show in a nation full of Christians and equate us with the people that killed thousands of innocent people…well, it’s time for you to take a five-foot walk off a three-foot plank.

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Gonzo is gone.

According to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ official site, Luis Gonzalez will not be back for the Snakes.

There are a lot of fans that are absolutely outraged by this decision. And while I understand the emotion that goes into it, I don’t understand why people aren’t accepting this development.

The Diamondbacks have been blessed with a great amount of talent in their farm system. The Tucson Sidewinders (their AAA club in the Pacific Coast League) is on the brink of winning their league championship. And in 2004, when injuries absolutely decimated our starting lineup here in Phoenix, Tucson sent up a steady stream of players that did better than the veterans (the Baby Backs, as seen on tshirts around the valley), and improved our record greatly.

With that knowledge in mind, to look at the numbers produced by Gonzalez, it just doesn’t make sense to spend $10 million to keep him here in the desert.

I guess this shouldn’t shock me. After all, if performance was the main reason to garner fan support for a Major League Baseball club, Wrigley would be empty, and it would cost a firstborn child to get a ticket to see the White Sox.

Comments, anyone?

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200 posts

Wow. Who thought I had that much to say?

This is my 200th post.

Those who read (and comment back to me), I say thank you. It’s great to have a sounding board, especially with everything I’ve been through recently. I am blessed to have such a great group of friends.

God Bless You.

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Touch and Time

We did this for a Bible study a while back. Interesting stuff.

The Five Love Languages

My primary love languages are probably
Physical Touch and Quality Time.

Complete set of results

Physical Touch: 9
Quality Time: 9
Words of Affirmation: 7
Acts of Service: 5
Receiving Gifts: 0


Unhappiness in relationships, according to Dr. Gary Chapman, is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. Sometimes we don’t understand our partner’s requirements, or even our own. We all have a “love tank” that needs to be filled in order for us to express love to others, but there are different means by which our tank can be filled, and there are different ways that we can express love to others.

Take the quiz

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