October 31, 2009

Samhain - Celtic New Year - Halloween

Samhain is a festival held at the end of the harvest season in Celtic cultures. It is a harvest festival and it has aspects of a festival of the dead. It had its roots in ancient Celtic religions; continued to be celebrated through medieval times and is seen as contributing to the modern celebration of Halloween. Many scholars, Wiccans and Pagans believe that it is the beginning of the Celtic year.

It is the Pagan Holiday that the early Christians stole used for All Hallow's Eve and All Saint's Day.

Traditionally, Samhain was time to take stock of the herds and grain supplies, and decide which animals would need to be slaughtered in order for the people and livestock to survive the winter. This custom is still observed by many who farm and raise livestock because it is when meat will keep since the freeze has come and also since summer grass is gone and free foraging is no longer possible. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.

According to Celtic lore, Samhain is a time when the boundaries between the world of the living and the world of the dead become thinner, allowing spirits and other supernatural entities to pass between the worlds to socialize with humans. It is the time of the year when ancestors and other departed souls are especially honored. Though Modern Pagans and Wiccans make offerings to the spirits at all times of the year, Samhain in particular is a time when more elaborate offerings are made to specific ancestors. Often a meal will be prepared of favorite foods of the family's and community's beloved dead, a place set for them at the table, and traditional songs, poetry and dances performed to entertain them. A door or window may be opened to the west and the beloved dead specifically invited to attend. Many leave a candle or other light burning in a western window to guide the dead home.

Symbols of Samhain:
Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.

Foods of Samhain:
Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry.

Incense of Samhain:
Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.

Colors of Samhain:
Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.

October 30, 2009

Random stuff

This has been the first week back at the gym in two weeks since I was out with the sinus infection. It's nice to feel the muscles being fatigued and a little sore again. But I've noticed more that some people have no clue to what gym etiquette is. They're unusually obnoxious and leave the free weights where ever they happen to lay them down or will camp out on the machine that you want to use while they chit-chat away with someone or stare blindly into space while they know you're waiting for the machine. GGrrrrrr!


We have had so much rain in the last month that it makes us wonder if Dallas will get a reputation like Seattle for being gray and rainy. And people have no clue how to drive in it, they must think its babyoil and they'll be sliding off the road if they accelerate over 20 mph!


By the way... if they press olives to get olive oil, where does baby oil come from? Do they squeeze babies? Huummmmm....




And now onto the winner of the caption contest!

Here was my captions:
In spite of her best efforts Milly wasn't feeling so fresh today!

But, I did make this a contest and so.... the winner of the caption this contest is:

Aunt Martha was never the same since her hysterectomy.
By Ur-Spo!
Now he gets to decide on his prize? Pics of me getting out of "those costumes and ancient togs"? A back rub or good back scratch when I visit? (By the way, I may be going to Phoenix in February)
What will it be good doctor?

October 29, 2009

Happy Birthday niece # 5

In 1996 I had moved from Utah to Dallas in March. My sister was living in a suburb north of Dallas and she offered to let me stay with them until I got on my feet. I was hired at the bank where I currently work. Around the same time she found out she was pregnant with her fourth child.

By October I was busy out looking for an apartment and so my sister was glad that I would take some or all of the three kids with me for a few hours on the weekend. This was a difficult time for me since I had not been around many little kids under the age of five.

While the rest of my siblings were having their babies I was separated from the family physically and emotionally; I was living in Baltimore and they were all staunch Mormons in Utah and they didn't like that I was gay.

When my niece Maddie was born, thirteen years ago today, I went to the hospital to see my sister and the new baby. She was the first one of my nieces and nephews that I got to hold on her actual birth day.

The feeling I had was overwhelming. I was holding a tiny baby that is so weak and fragile and had her whole life ahead of her. This was the only time in my life when I wished I could be straight with a wife and kid. I can understand the love a parent has for their babies when they hold them that first time. I know I'm not describing it very well but it was a great feeling.

My niece and I have been close since." When she was about 5 years old and they had moved away she decided to see for herself what her parents were talking about, thinking the subject was over her head. She got me alone and asked, "Uncle Jim, do you date girls or boys?" I laughed and told her, "I am dating a man" to which she replied; "Well, Jesus says that isn't OK" I laughed again because I'm hearing this from a 5 year old. I tell her that as long as I live a good life and am happy then Jesus will understand. She thought that was good and the conversation ended. She was such a little sweetheart.

My sister tells me that in the last year and half since I last saw them, that Maddie has grown and matured a lot! She is the typical teenager; has a busy social life and is all 'googlie-eyes' over the boys. She's the one I wrote about a few months ago who wants to be a writer.

So Happy Birthday to my little Maddie. I love you!

October 28, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

Say something about child abuse.

When I was in high school my little sister was being bratting one day so I smacked her up the side of her head. I didn't hit her very hard but I had just gotten my class ring and so it really hurt her. She cried, a lot! I felt really really bad, I apologized to her and I felt so bad. I have never forgotten that. I resolved never to inflict that kind of pain on someone smaller and younger than me.

Because of that, I can not understand someone who abuses and inflicts pain on a child. It tells me that they have no conscience at all! Although children are not my favorite creatures on the earth; they can be bratty, disease ridden, snot nosed, demanding, obnoxious and smelly little creatures, but they are innocent and can not defend themselves against an adult.

It boggles my mind to think that someone could abuse children repeatedly and be able to live with themselves. I have no sympathy for them at all. Whether it be beatings, sexual abuse or mental abuse it it wrong!

As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.

October 27, 2009

Caption This...


Caption this or tell the story behind the picture!
Let's see how creative everyone can get...

Do I need to give y'all a little incentive? What would be a good prize??

October 26, 2009

Change of plans weekend

There seemed to be a lot of change of plans this weekend.

As I was driving to Moody to start packing up Troy's trailer for the trip to Houston area for the renaissance festival I get a call from my him. He had been in Seattle all week to see his wife who had a few days leave before she left for Afghanistan. There were "issues" with the plane and he could be delayed, would I be able to pick him up at DFW at 8:30? Sure.... I turned around and head back into Dallas. Luckily I had only gone about 25 miles.

I stopped for some groceries that I would need by Sunday evening when I got home and as I was leaving the store parking lot Troy called back. He wouldn't be getting into Dallas until 1 am. He also decided he wouldn't be going to the faire this weekend after all. Change of plans number two. Should I go down and get a hotel room? Should I go camping? Should I call friends that live there? Should I not go and go the gayborhood block party? But I had to go home to drop off the groceries.

I started calling my friends who live in Houston to see if they were going to go camping. No, they all lived about 30 minutes from the faire and would drive home each night. So I decide to take the back seats out of my small SUV, bring the airmatress and sleep in my vehicle. I got the vehicle all packed and ready and was in bed by 9pm so I could get an early 5 am start.

I'm driving along and still very sleepy. After an hour driving I realize that I was extremely sleepy and need to rest. I found what seemed like a good safe, secure spot and slept for a good hour or more. So my plans to get there by 10 am had changed, but for good reason. I finally made it, set up the bed in the back and headed on in to the faire. Friends all met up and we start drinking! Pirates do love their rum.

I was feeling good by noon, buzzed by 4 and trashed by 7. I again met more interesting people and had a great time talking and hanging out with my friends. I didn't plan on it but I came out to the few couples that didn't know. I made the guys more comfortable by telling them; "I know you're straight! I want you to know that I don't cross that line with my friends!" That wasn't really a change of plans, but something I hadn't planned on doing. I come out to people on a "need to know" basis and so I guess this was one of those situations.

Sleeping in the SUV isn't a good idea, not in one as small as mine. Especially when one is trashed. LOL. But it still was a great weekend!

Here are a couple more photos of the faire.


October 25, 2009

Sevens Meme

I got this from Spo-Reflections.

7 Things That Scare Me
1. Snakes
2. Spiders
3. A Crack Ho
4. An ugly crowd
5. A cliff edge
6. A violent death
7. Crazy speeding drivers


7 Things I Like

1. Sex
2. Books
3. Renaissance faires
4. Photography
5. A sunset
6. Baby animals
7. Being outdoors

7 Things I Hate
1. Deception
2. People who stand on an escalator
3. Someone lying to me
4. People who always play the victim
5. Someone who is deliberately rude
6. Not knowing why someone won't talk to me
7. Liver and onions

7 Things In My Room
1. Sock monkey
2. My photography
3. Pictures of my friends and family
4. Thirteen live plants in the bay window
5. Two artificial plants
6. Two renaissance hats for the costumes
7. My collection of the State Quarters (all 51 of them)


7 Things About Me

1. I have dirty blond hair getting grayer at the temples
2. I have been to 47 states and want to visit all
3. I used to collect antique furniture and have several great pieces
4. I am allergic to dust, all weeds, trees and grasses and animal hair
5. I am 5'10" and 190 lbs
6. I love to go camping and love being outside
7. I get colds and respiratory infections easily

7 Favorite Movies
1. Strictly Ballroom
2. Latter Days
3. Little Miss Sunshine
4. Sordid Lives
5. Wall-E
6. Kung Fu Hustle
7. A Knights Tale

7 Things I Say Often
1. “I know!”
2. “Don't be so formal, just call me Jim” (I say this when someone says "Oh My God!")
3. “You say that like it's a bad thing!”
4. “What the Fuck?”
5. “What Ever Mary”
6. “Hello, this is Jim. How may I help you?” (at work)
7. “Jesus knows what you're thinking and so do I!” (A line from the movie Saved)

October 24, 2009

Dilemma

The Saturday before Halloween is always the big gayborhood street party. Always a lot of fun! This year Halloween is on a Saturday so I assumed the big street party would be on Halloween night. Nope. They're still having the big street party the Saturday night before and costume contests in each bar on Halloween. This means there will be two weekends of fun sights and fun times had by all in the gayborhood! Woohoo!



So where's my dilemma?

The renaissance faire is also going on in Houston. They have themed weekends and this weekend is always one of the most fun, Pirate's Adventure! Several friends that live in Houston are going today without their children in tow! Woohoo! A heavy drinking day ahead! And lots of pirate shenanigans!



So where will our host Jim be?

Faire this weekend and Gayborhood on Halloween.

October 23, 2009

October 22, 2009

Free!

A few weeks ago I posted a video that I found about Free Hugs. I went on his site and found this...
It came in the mail last night:


I can't wait till I can wear it somewhere now.

October 21, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

Talk about a time when you felt guilty.
How do you feel about it now?


Guilt.

Feeling guilty.

Wow. This is a difficult topic for me to discuss. Mainly because guilty feelings are very intense for me. They effect me for days or weeks even. I lose my appetite and lose sleep over that feeling. Thinking about it and talking it still brings those feelings up, but I will try to do my best to honest and open. I think that is why it is in our nature (or God given) that we feel guilt; to teach us to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them.

First of all, there are a couple types of guilt; guilt that you know you've done something wrong and guilt of being caught doing something. I'll talk about the first one, true guilt of doing something wrong according to your own conscience.

As I said in a previous post, I have no secrets. There isn't anything I can't talk about so this subject is testing me on that statement. So... here goes.

A time when I felt guilty was when I was with Valdamort. We were painting his daughter's bedroom. He got a call and went into the other room to talk. As I walked past the room to go wash my hands or something I overheard this: "Thanks for your offer, but if you were here I know we wouldn't get much work done." Followed by, "OK, bye, love you!" I asked: "Who was that?" He stammered and then said: "My friend [Robert] from med school" (Said friend Robert is straight and I didn't think they were all that close to be saying "love you" to each other.) I knew something wasn't right from the previous remark about getting no work done and the gut feeling was that he was hiding something from me.

I'm ashamed to write this as I was ashamed to admit it to him later, but I checked his phone when he wasn't around. I felt (and still feel) a lot of guilt over that, not respecting his privacy and just not trusting his word. By the way, gut feeling was right, he had been talking to an old fuckbuddy. So, added to my guilt was the knowledge that he had lied to me. I gave him more opportunities to come clean about who he was talking to but he never did. My guilt got so bad that days later I finally did tell him. He never apologized to me for lying, but he used my guilt to make things my fault for the remainder of the relationship.

In hindsight, I should have faced reality and realized the relationship would never work. But I was determined to have someone in my life at any cost. This is why I have remained single for so long after the breakup, to make sure I am happy and can face reality. I was doing things like this in the relationship and I didn't like who I was becoming. It would have been better to admit and accept reality.

I have vowed to live my life with no regrets and this has made me much happier! I haven't felt this kind of guilt for a long time now.

How do you react to guilt? How have you learned from feeling guilty?

October 20, 2009

There's hope!

I just found an article on a Christian minister who is now pro-gay! OMG! What is the world coming to?

Brett Childers is the Executive Director for Faith In America, a group that speaks to the gay issues that most Christians want to bury their heads in the sand about.

Is it wrong that I think he's a DILF?



There is also hope for me. Been fighting a headcold for the last 10 days. I went to the doctor today and got some antibiotics. I'm feeling a little better already! Except for the rumblings in my stomach.... but that's just the drugs. I really need to get feeling better, I have big plans this weekend at the Ren Faire in Houston, all my friends will be there with no children in tow! There will be lots of rum to be drunk!

October 19, 2009

I like to be scared...

sometimes! LOL

On Saturday evening I met my friends at a Screams, a 'Haunted House Theme Park'. It's on the grounds where they have the Renaissance Faire in the spring. I think it's a good use of the buildings and the grounds in the off season.

I love going to haunted houses and seeing the Halloween decorations and seeing if they can actually scare me. No, not the decorations or mechanical things, those hardly ever do. It's the people who work there, in the dark corners that scare me. But I love it! The best attraction this night was the 3D pirate house. Black lights everywhere and things painted in florescent chalk or paint. With the 3D glasses it made it look like it things were jumping out at you! And then when a real person jumped out at you it was great! That's what the pictures are, the building outside, while we were standing in line to get in.

Of course it's always fun to see 'people of the female persuasion' get scared and scream, so one of them is almost a requirement to attend to get the most fun from the experience. The female in attendance on Saturday night was the girlfriend of my friend. She screamed at all the right spots and jumped and waved her arms all funny. But if I was leading the group through the mazes of dimly lit corridors with spooky things painted on them I often got the monster lurking in the corner that jumped out into my face. I would usually jump a few inches off the floor, shake my hands or arms, usually in some sort of protective mode over my face or heart. Then I would laugh a big loud belly laugh!

But I swear, I never screamed! Not a manly man like me! Nope... not even once! That's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOL

Does anyone else like haunted houses? Are there some good ones in your area of the country?

October 18, 2009

What animals are really saying


I've always wondered... LOL

October 17, 2009

Happy Diwali

"What is Diwali?" I thought as I looked at Yahoo's homepage a year ago. So since I was right there at a search engine I typed it in. I found this:

"Diwali is one the most well-known Indian festivals and is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. The word itself means "rows of lighted clay lamps." It is a five day celebration marked with bright colors, oil lamps, feasts, and sparklers. Diwali occurs on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartika (during October/November in the Gregorian calendar, and it begins today for 2009). Homes, courtyards, and rooftops are commonly decorated with small oil lamps (called diyas). Rangoli, a form of colorful sand painting, adorns doorsteps."

And this from wikipedia: "Diwali (or Deepavali) is a major Indian holiday, and a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Many legends are associated with Diwali. Today it is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the globe as the "Festival of Lights," where the lights or lamps signify victory of good over the evil within every human being.
In India, Diwali is now considered to be a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith."

Of course many American have never heard about Diwali.

Has anyone who isn't a Christian wished you a Merry Christmas or Happy Easter? In our office we have many Jewish clients and yet the majority of Christians fail to acknowledge them, they'll continue to refer to the upcoming Holiday Season as Christmas. To me this is just being insensitive of other world religions and beliefs. Why shouldn't we learn about another holidays celebrated in other parts of the world? As I've said in other posts, I want to learn about other religions and take the best of what I learn to help me live a better life.

I will be going to my favorite Indian restaurant tonight, Roti Grill, to have some Chicken Masala and a Samosa! YUM!

So here is wishing everyone a Happy Diwali!

October 16, 2009

Happy Birthday to both of my sisters

My oldest sister is 5 years older than me.

She was always very quiet and shy growing up.

She has always loved animals.

She never dated while in high school.

She was always late whenever we sent somewhere as a family. This drove me crazy. Since I was the peacemaker in the family I always tried to help her or be patient to wait, but it still drove me crazy.

Today we are not in contact with each other, it is a long story for another time.

When I was 5 yrs old my mother had a still birth and the next year miscarried another baby. They felt they should have one more child so we adopted another baby.

My mother wanted a newborn, but had a dream one night where her grandafther gave her an older baby and told her that he had been working to get this baby to our family. The next morning my folks got a call from LDS Social Services that they had a 6 week old girl if we were interested. My parents said yes, then asked when she was born. October 16th, oldest sister's birthday 11 years later. On December 5th mom flew, in a snow storm, to Los Angles to pick her up. A year later we went to the Mormon temple in Manti, Ut to be sealed together as a family. This is where the whole family knelt around an alter in the temple so that a priesthood holder promised that, if we lived right, we would be a family for erernity.

Little sister was always fun, she was not quiet and shy like my siblings.

She always had energy and tons of toys and friends.

We are still close and I love her kids like my own.

Happy Birthday Sisters!

October 15, 2009

The lost days of October

In deciding what to write about today I found an interesting fact.

I was rereading a page from my Mormon Missionary journal and was going to write about how I was dealing with a broken finger in 1980, how the doctor poked a hole in my fingernail with a heated paperclip to relive the pressure of the swelling. But that seemed boring.

I could have written that the number one song in the country on Oct 15, 1980 was Another One Bites The Dust by Queen. A little bit more interesting.

But then I googled October 15th and found the lost days of October.

From Wikipedia: The last day of the Julian calendar was Thursday, 4 October 1582 and this was followed by the first day of the Gregorian calendar, Friday, 15 October 1582 (the cycle of weekdays was not affected).

Apparently Pope Gregory VIII decided that the world clock was off sync. And he reset the calendar to account for Leap Year. The Gregorian solar calendar is an arithmetical calendar. It counts days as the basic unit of time, grouping them into years of 365 or 366 days; and repeats completely every 146,097 days, which fill 400 years, and which also happens to be 20,871 seven-day weeks. Of these 400 years, 303 (the "common years") have 365 days, and 97 (the leap years) have 366 days. This gives an average year length of exactly 365.2425 days.

But still, why take away 10 days? Apparently the Catholic Church used (and still uses) the vernal equinox (a Pagan holiday) to calculate Easter Sunday. But then they didn't want Easter to be too close to another Pagan holiday celebrating the birthday of Rome in late April. Huh!

I'm no Catholic Church scholar and I could be wrong... I'm just going by what Wikipedia says. So Gregory dropped 10 days to bring the calendar back into synchronization with the seasons.

It kind of boggles the mind to think about it. Does that mean we are really 10 days off? Is today really October 5th? Is Jimmas really August 18th? Is it really 2009 or should it be the Jewish year 5770?

Oh well. I guess we have to live today for what it is; today!

October 14, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

What is your favorite holiday and why do you like it?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!

I like it because there is no hype around it. It's a day to gather with family or friends, enjoy a good meal and be thankful for all you have. I love the tradition that my family (and a lot of people have) of everyone at the table telling what they're most thankful for in their lives.

I love to cook so I don't mind spending time in the kitchen getting ready for the feast. And I like to see the different foods and traditions that others have.

And I love the food of Thanksgiving! Everything is a favorite of mine; the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauces, vegetables, rolls and especially pumpkin pie! YUM!

What is your favorite holiday and why?

October 13, 2009

Ella

I was looking through some old pictures the other day and I found this picture from around 1970.

The picture shows an Indian student that was living with us for a while, her name was Ella. I don't remember her last name or much about her and this picture made me think about her again.

In the late 1950s through the 1990s there was a Mormon church program called The Indian Student Placement Services. Young people who lived on the reservations near the four corners area came to live with Mormon families during the school year.

Ella didn't stay the whole school year with us, mom and dad never explained why (or if they did I wasn't paying attention). My aunt and uncle had a student live with them. Norma came back year after year and graduated high school in Utah. He seemed like just another one of my cousins.

I think about Ella, wonder if she remembers the time spent in our home. What happened to her? It would be interesting to know.

October 12, 2009

Weekend update

I started feeling a little puny (under the weather) on Friday, but I had the faire weekend all planned. So I stocked up on the Dayquil and set out for Moody, TX.

Troy had the trailer packed, we threw my gear in and we took off. Weather forecast for Saturday was for clear but cool. The campgrounds were already soaked and muddy from a week of rain, but we found a good spot and set up camp.

Saturday was chilly! Change of plans on the costume, I'm glad I brought the leather jerkin. I was still feeling puny so I didn't get many pictures. But of the 22,000 people there I ran into some old friends that I hadn't seen in a year and we had a great time hanging out. We also met some great new people and had an enjoyable evening around the bonfire after the faire.

Sunday was colder and rainy but we went anyway. Thank god I brought my waterproof cloak! Sniffles were getting worse as the day wore on, but it was still an enjoyable day. We left about 3pm and headed home. I then drove home and went straight to bed. Been in bed all day today. Ugh!

I did manage to video most of the parade that is always done at the faire, so everyone can see the wide variety of people that attend.

October 11, 2009

Then and Now meme

Stolen Borrowed from Damien

Then ~ October 1989
1. Age: 28.
2. Romantic Status: single.
3. Occupation: Assistant store manager of Ross Dress For Less stores.
4. Fun night out: Going to the Hippo or Alegra (gay bars in Baltimore).
5. My BFFs: Christine and Keith.
6. I spent way too much time: being sober, even though I was out and going to bars I never drank.
7. I spent not enough time: traveling.
8. I wanted to be when I grew up: A store manager or district manager.
9. Biggest concern: work.
10. What my biggest concern should have been: going back to school and getting a degree.
11. Where did I live: Baltimore, MD.
12. Dumbest thing I did that year: not take a trip to Moscow and St Petersburg.
13. If I could go back now and talk to myself I would say: Go back to school, even at night and finish your degree.


Now ~ October 2009
1. Age: 48.
2. Romantic Status: single.
3. Occupation: banking.
4. Fun night out: dinner with friends.
5. My BFFs: Troy, Sunshyne, Liz and Charles.
6. I spend way too much time: on this damn computer playing Pirates on Facebook.
7. I spend not enough time: reading and being outside.
8. I want to be when I grow up: happy!
9. Biggest concern: paying off debt.
10. What my biggest concern should be: paying off debt.
11. Where do I live: Dallas, TX.
12. Dumbest thing I have done this year: not studying and passing the Series 7 exam earlier, and letting myself gain 15 extra lbs.
13. What I think I would say to myself in 10 years: See, you're not too old to do all that.


Summary
1. What do I miss most from 1989: feeling/looking younger.
2. What do I miss least from 1989: not thinking clearly about the future.
3. What have I accomplished in 20 years that I am most proud of: Becoming comfortable with myself and accepting life for what it is and not keeping any unrealistic expectations.
4. What have I NOT accomplished in 20 years that I wish I had: I wish I had gone back to college and finished a degree.

October 10, 2009

Top Ten Things... (for Double Ten Day)

Ten Things I like about the Renaissance Faire.
(I am attending the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, TX as y'all are reading this)

10. People watching!

Embiggen this picture... it's indescribable. LOL

9. Interacting with the cast (paid actors playing the Queen, King and court)


8. Kids dressed up.


7. Seeing the interesting costumes.


6. Seeing hot hunky men.


5. The acts. This is Iris and Rose, they sing bawdy songs and limericks.


4. Drinking rum and mead!


3. Being loud and boisterous with friends. And hamming it up for pictures!


2. Instantly becoming part of a family of friends that love the same thing you do.


And the Number One thing:
1. Meeting new people and making friends that will last a lifetime!


Huzzah!

October 9, 2009

Hugs

I found this video by accident this morning and it made me tear up.

Visit the website of the guy in the video.

I am a hugger!
I give my friends a hug even if it has only been a few days since I last saw them.
I have even hugged a stranger, most often they would be a friend of a friend, but it was someone I didn't know.
In today's world of everyone needing their personal space I like feeling the closeness that a hug brings.
I have even gotten my straight guys friends to hug me without them feeling it's something gay.
A hug to me is being able to hold a friend or someone you love close to your heart.

Go hug someone today. It's free!

October 8, 2009

You have GOT to be kidding me!

I remembered the 'personal submarine' that was for sale in the Neiman Marcus Holiday catalog a few years back. There have been other big ticket items that maybe only a few people in the world would ever consider buying... but this year takes the cake. Literally! Or I guess I should say: "That takes the Cup Cake!"

The big thing in the new Neiman Marcus catalog is the Cup Cake car.

Yes it's true! The 2009 catalog offers this gem. The novelty rides (shown here being operated by grown men in silly hats) are made of sheet metal; have battery-operated 24-volt electric motors; come in a variety of colors, flavors, and icings; are able to cruise at speeds of up to 7mph; and sell for $25,000.

I'd rather have someone just give me the money! LOL

October 7, 2009

Random Question Wednesday

What was your favorite TV program when you were younger? Why did you like it"

I used to watch a lot of TV when I was younger. I loved Saturday morning cartoons and have many favorites. But I think one of my favorite shows was Lost In Space:

I liked it because it was a family that did everything together. As the "little brother" in my own family there were many times when my older brothers didn't want me around. I remember that I didn't get to go on a camping trip with my dad and brothers because I was too little.

But the Robinson family did everything together! Their mom and dad were there all the time and they got to travel to new places and see new and interesting things together. Plus there was the hunky Donald West played by Mark Goddard! What a hottie! Dr Smith was annoying, but I wanted a pet like Penny had and I wanted a robot!

October 6, 2009

9 Noble Virtues

I found these guidelines of the Neopagan religion of Asatru, founded on the ancient Nordic pagan religion. I think they can apply to anyone, Christian or the non-religious as a guide to living better. I have these printed and hanging in my cube at work

Nine Noble Virtues.

1.
Courage
By facing life’s struggles with courage, we constantly extend our capabilities. Without courage, nothing else can be done.

2. Trust
Blind faith has no place in our lives. We must act in this world as we see it and as it really is rather than calmly wait for the next.

3. Honor
We must be true to what we are, and we insist on acting with nobility rather than baseness. Our standards must be banners held high in our hearts.

4. Fidelity
We stand true to our faith and our values. Loyalty is the basis for all enduring human activity, and we hold it in the highest esteem.

5. Hospitality
The isolation and loneliness of modern life is not necessary. The willingness to share what one has with ones’ fellows, especially travelers, is a vital part of our way of life.

6. Discipline
We hold to the discipline necessary to fulfill our purpose. We stand willing to exercise the self-control and steadfastness necessary in these difficult times.

7. Industriousness
Let us dare to be all that we can be! Let us take risks and taste the richness of life. Passivity is for sheep. We refuse to be mere spectators in life.


8. Self-Reliance
We depend on our own strength and character to achieve our goals. We seek only the freedom necessary to our quest, whatever it may be.

9. Perseverance
We hold to our path until its completion and are not ashamed to be strong. The cult of the anti-hero will find no support in us, and the gods we follow are not for the weak.


The symbols are Asatru symbols.