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Clearing the Dust

Every spring, I pull the tractors out of the storage shed and clean them up, change the oil, and get them ready for another farming season.  They have never said as much, but I am sure they appreciate the rest.

The same is occurring here on this blog.  I am pulling it out of the shed.  I haven’t been here for awhile, but, since it is winter, it’s time to spread some words around.  This thing has collected some dust, so I will do some updating also.  There have been some who have made their voices heard as they have missed the musings from this particular venue.  Thus, as much as I have valued their friendship, input, and opinions, I am compelled to honor their request.  The tractor cab is now back in business.

For some of you, you may be here for the first time.  Welcome.  I am glad you stopped by.  I cover a wide array of topics.  That comes from spending far too much time alone out here in the middle of nowhere.  Please, feel free to leave a comment. Join in the conversation.  Check back in.  My plan is to post a few times a week.

Well, I have some more cleaning to do.  Talk with you soon.

2010 Dump Fund

This is one of my most favoritist days.  Raising funds for people who don’t have hardly anything to their name and have no clue what to expect is about to come their way.

We have a huge opportunity for just the price of one meal to make a humongous impact on people you have probably never ever thought of.

Watch this video about the people that reside, eat, and survive at a dump in Honduras.

Now, take a minute and visit my good friend Trey Morgan.

Donate a few bucks or a bunch. You can do it here now.  You’ll be glad you did.  I’m hoping we can raise over $20,000 in one day.  With your help, we can.  So help us spread the word too.

Thanks.

An Unplanned Fire Drill

I live in a typical American house, am a typical American man, with a typical American family.  I have four children.  Michael is 14.  He is followed by his brother Tyler (7) and Kylie (5.9) and rounding out the end is Trevyn (2).

As you might imagine, Trevyn is fending for his life with Tyler and Kylie.  The three of them together can provide entertainment whenever they aren’t trying to destroy the house or tear each other limb for limb.  We had an “incident” that I need to document here.

I was enjoying the rain from the comfort of my easy chair in the afternoon.  Michael was off enjoying a youth rally.  That left Tyler, Kylie, and Trevyn to defend the homeland (Tyler’s bedroom).  I was ecstatic with my parenting skill as they were in the room playing rather quietly for quite some time.  (Yes I suspected something was up, but no harm, no foul in my opinion)  But, that was far too good to last.

It happened.  The silence was broken by the shirking of a very loud bell, much like the school bell.  Our fire alarms are heat sensors that once broken, activate the bell.  Suddenly, Kylie darts around the corner, being pushed by her brother Tyler and out the front door they went.  Nevermind shoes in the wet outdoors, nevermind alerting me as to the reason to evacuate, nevermind dragging defenseless little brother out with them, they were doing what they were told to do when the fire alarm rang.

I could not believe that they could have done anything to start a fire in there, but I was concerned as I noticed the shock and horror on their faces as they were saving themselves.  I immediately responded, as the local Fire Chief must do when summoned to an alarm, to enter the room, absent of fire or smoke to find one victim in tears.  He was horrified.  It appears that he had taken a light saber and from the bed, whacked the fire alarm, dislodging the heat sensor disc, thus activating the alarm and setting of the aforementioned chain of events.

I removed the alarm from the wall and silenced the noise maker.  I then picked up the petrified toddler to provide comfort only a father can offer.  However, the sensor was no where to be found, so I had to continue to hold both items in my arms.

We walked back out of the room and into the living room to run in to the previous evacuees.  Surprised that the two of them who were in such a hurry to get out, decided within seconds that it was better to be back inside and out of the rain.

I am glad they knew what actions to take when a warning appeared.  I hope this means they can make the same choices when temptations come later in life.  It is also my prayer they can learn to take others with them, not leaving others behind.  Yet another opportunity to teach valuable lessons to my kids.

Thinking for a Change

I heard the motivational speaker Les Brown on PBS one day say, “get the toxic things out of your head”.  You are what you think.  It’s amazing what happens when you take your perceptions about something, and completely reverse them.

Nothing can explain that more than a couple of videos that I have seen pop up lately.  Oh, they are way too good not to share.  It’s my hope they will make you think…or think about what you think needs to change in the way you think.

Here is the first one.

And then this one

Spammers

What is the mindset of today’s spammers?  They send emails, they attack blogs like this one.  Probably a few other countless ways of annoying normal simple computer users such as myself.

Nothing would provide more enjoyment to me than to plug their computers tighter than a constipated hedgehog.  I mean, so much spam on their systems they couldn’t even move the cursor.  Do you think spammers ever get spammed?  Do they enjoy it, or do they delete it?  Has a spammer ever bought any of the stuff they hock, or do they click the links and get viruses and trojans installed on their systems.  Thus, more spam attacks.

Who are the people that actually click on spam messages?  Haven’t we seen this stuff long enough to know one when we see it?  Isn’t it time for a new generation of spam?  One that looks like something of value.  I must hand it to them, success rates of less that one percent and they just keep sending and sending.  Or…

is this a scam?  Do anti-virus companies put this stuff out there?  They keep writing programs to infect the simple users systems so their bloated antispyware software will continue to be relevant.  One must question.  One must wonder, where is all this continuing to come from?  It really puts the Energizer bunny to shame.

Things are Changing

Hey!  Welcome back!

Man this blog thing is something else.  So many things to compete with and so many things competing.  Twitter, Facebook on one side.  Family and Work on the other side.  Somewhere, a blog fills in the gap.

Here is a few items of my interest…. see if they interest you.

  1. Forecast is for snow tonight in the first week of April.  What do April Snowstorms bring?
  2. Have you noticed that Twitter traffic has diminished.  Entropy comes to mind
  3. People join Facebook, look all over for new friends, post like mad, and then disappear.
  4. My kids grow up way too fast.
  5. It’s springtime on the farm, and I already feel like I am two weeks behind.
  6. I really really love my Motorola Droid phone.
  7. I really sense that there are more God believers and people professing that more openly lately than I have ever seen before.
  8. My kids have grown a lot since I typed number 4.

Glad you stopped by.  I am going to be making some more changes to the blog.  Some more interesting things I have planned.

Steve