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Finally open

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Nope, not referring to the Dunkin Donuts in Tempe…according to the sign, that store will open in 2 weeks. However, the CVS Pharmacy on Mill and University in downtown Tempe IS open! Nice to have another daily shopping option within walking distance of work and home.

BONUS: As an additional benefit to reading this brief, very trivial post, I am rewarding you with a squirrel…putting a coconut on his head. You are welcome.

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Great-grandmother Of The Year – Finalist

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Bubba sez y’all gotta check this out! An 85 year old great-grandmother woke up last night to find a 17 year old burglar in the house. Too bad the poor kid didn’t know that this granny was packing heat. Pointing the gun at him, she made him go to the living room, and then made HIM call 911. BONUS: link has video of granny.

Story with video at WPXI.

Sad News

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The sad news that I just received is that Olive, the world’s oldest blogger, has passed away at the age of 108. Mike Rubbo, a documentary filmmaker, started last year to document some of Olive’s stories of her life, as well as posting current video of her telling stories, singing, or just talking to Mike and others. Even though she lived on the other side of the planet from me, her stories from another time, along her obvious joy for living, touched me in a quite unexpected way.

May God comfort Olive’s family and friends at this time of loss. And thanks, Mike, for allowing all of us to share in her life. The link to her blog (or her blob, as she called it) is on the right sidebar, but has been having problems for unknown reasons. A temporary blog was established recently when someone else had to post in Mike’s stead, and can be reached here: World’s Oldest Blogger.

My 400th Post: Sign of the Apocalypse #347

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Yep…this has GOT to be an official sign of the apocalypse. According to a feed from, Paris Hilton is interested in making a reality show starring herself, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan.

If my tivo records this as recommended viewing…I will throw it out the window.

Monsoon Season!

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This year, the National Weather Service decided to change the starting day of what we call “The Monsoon Season” here in Arizona. The old standard stated that when we had three consecutive days that had dew points of 55° or greater, the monsoon was on. The new standard just said June 15 is the start.

It doesn’t matter. It’s monsoon season, kids.

For those new to the valley, or you just have the good sense not to live here…I’ll cut through all the hype that has stricken all of the TV weather people.

  1. It’s not just hot, it’s humid. 105° feels different today than 105° did a few weeks ago.
  2. Dust storms. They move fast. Really fast. If you see one, get inside NOW. Visibility for drivers gets severely handicapped, and all that dust makes some activities difficult…like breathing.
  3. Severe thunderstorms. Watch the forecast and bring an umbrella. That sunny day at 7:00am can be raining cats and dogs at 5:00pm when you get out of work.

Well, that’s all I got to say about that.

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Iowa Flood Victims

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My new friend at Forever Daisies did the best Thursday Thirteen of the week: she posted 13 ways to help the flood victims in Iowa. If you want to help, click on this link. Thanks, Crazy Daisy!

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Another fun thing at Cornerstone

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Hey y’all…hope you’re doing well.

Cornerstone’s young adult ministry, Camber, is hosting an appearance by Nick Vujicic, a man born without arms or legs. I got to see him once a couple of years ago at another church…and I gotta tell ya, to see him speak is something else. Not the usual “oh, look at me, I can do stuff because of God” speaker, but someone that is truly motivated by what he IS. Thursday, April 24. No time is listed yet, but probably around 7ish. Bubba sez go see him if you can. If you want more info, check out Nick’s website, Bubba sez God bless.

Kevin Everett is Doing Good. Really, Really Good

For those of you wondering, Kevin Everett is the football player that was severely injured a couple of weeks back. Doctors thought he would never walk again, but the news has been very encouraging lately about his progress. However, this station did NOT get it right the first time.

Hat tips: and Barstool Sports

My personal 9/11 recollection

I just realized…I’ve never put on here what happened during 9/11/01 from my point of view.

Yeah, I know. A bit self-centered, a bit narcissistic. But hey, it’s my blog. Deal with it.

Anyhoo…that day I was a contractor to the City of Chicago, doing IT (information technology, aka computer stuff). The first time I remember something was wrong was when I walked through Union Station, after getting off the train. As I was walking to the office, I saw everyone in the Amtrak lounge glued to the TV. I glanced at the TV as I sped by, and saw a plane hitting the WTC towers. I remember thinking “wow, how horrible” and thinking nothing more of it…until I got to work. I don’t believe the video was live. I would have been there somewhere around 8:15am local time, which means the second plane had already hit (8:07 local time).

My office was located two floors below ground in the Daley Center, on the same level that the Blue and Red Line (trains) run underground. That only holds importance because when I got to work, I found out about the two planes hitting the towers, and since we were so far underground, radio and TV were not viable options for gathering information. So, here we were in the basement…a bunch of computer nerds, trying to find a website that wasn’t crashed from everyone trying to access it at once. I think after a while I found a website overseas, plus sometimes MSNBC would allow me to stream video of the planes hitting the towers.

Being in a government building more than 30 stories tall in the third largest city in the US prompted someone to wonder if we were next…so at 9:30 local time, they told everyone to get out. Anyone who has lived or worked in a major city knows the feel of the ebb and flow of the day. Weekday mornings the train and bus stations spill forth a massive sea of people, and the evenings find that sea of humanity retreat back to the hubs for its journey home. At 9:30, the premature retreat back to the stations felt wildly surreal, especially since the lines of transportation were not built to handle the unexpected turn of the tide.

Realizing that the trains were not going to get us home fast, my friend Erik called a few of us and offered rides home, or at least to the train stations to retrieve our cars. I graciously accepted his offer, picked up my car, and then spent the rest of the day in his living room, watching the various news channels, hoping that something would help make sense of what we saw.

The odd kicker to all of this is that I was supposed to fly to Arizona that day. My ex, to whom I was still married, had flown out a few days earlier, and I was supposed to fly out that afternoon to join her. I ended up cancelling that trip, and calling her every once in a while to talk. However, looking back, I get an eerie feeling…probably because we really didn’t talk a whole lot during that time. Guess that was some sort of foreshadowing of what was to come.

Well, if you’re still reading, I hope that you’ll post your story in the comments, or at least tell me where your blog is so I can read it. As I read various blogs and boards, I notice that there are some people that would tell me to get over it. After all, I didn’t know anyone personally that died, or even know someone who was related to someone that died that day. But I would have to say that if you weren’t affected by 9/11, God bless you. However, I was part of the group of humanity that was affected by the hijackings. I watched two symbols of the New York skyline go down in flames and smoke. I was part of the (virtual) evacuation of the third largest city in America because no one knew if we would be the next target. My life was forever changed because of this day. ‘Nuff said.

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Remembering 9/11

This says it for me…may we always remember how precious life is…and how precious we are to each other. If you’re reading this…you’re precious to me. God Bless you, and I love you.


This is why I always say I love YOU….

This has not been broken since 9/11/01, please keep it going..
This has been kept alive and moving since 9/11. In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders Our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more

If I knew it would be the last time
I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say “I love you,”
instead of assuming, you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I’m sure you’ll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there’s always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say “I love you,”
And certainly there’s another chance
to say our “Anything I can do?”

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I’d like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you’re waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you’ll surely regret the day,

That you didn’t! take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you’ll always hold them dear

Take time to say “I’m sorry,”
“Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” or “It’s okay.”
And if to morrow never comes,
you’ll have no regrets about today.

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