Monday, February 28, 2011


The Urban Ministries of Durham  has this game out called SPENT I have played through it several times, and I highly recommend you do the same. The game profiles what it could be like if you lost your job and had to revert to something a bit less than what you may be used to. You get to pick between three jobs with the highest pay of $9 a hour, and a savings of $1000, and you have to last a month. After you pick your job, you go through each day or two and have to make choices on how you're going to spend your money. Then it gives you little bits of information on your choice. It's a sad and heart breaking game, but it gives you an idea of how it is for people who live way below the poverty line and on the verge of homelessness. Now, I've been in situations similar to this in the past, and it was fucking hard to make it from week to week. But, luckily I had the benefit of friends and family to work for to earn some extra cash during those times, so I wasn't anywhere near homeless, nor did I ever have the fear of losing my home. And, yes there were times I didn't have a job, but I always worked. You gotta do what you have to to keep some money coming in, especially when you have a family. Although, I can sympathize with people that are in this situation, I can't in good conscious say that I know how it feels. And, playing this game brought back some memories for me, and made me think of how lucky I was. It also makes me think of how hard it has to be for people that don't have the opportunities that I did, and how they must live in fear every day of losing their homes, or their child getting sick, or if they're going to eat next week. No wonder why our country is wrought with sickness, high obesity rates, minions of smokers, and a high average debt. Although this game gives you extreme circumstances, they are possibilities, and could happen during this time. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in '09 was just shy of $50k, that's before the government gets it's share (read before taxes). Then you add in expenses of rent or mortgage, utilities, fuel, (if both parents work which is very common today) child care, food, lawn care, and maintenance. That $50k goes away quickly, and most people have in addition to the basic bills necessary to live, they also have a vehicle loan, cell phone, Internet, cable/satellite, land line, both vehicle and home insurance, health and life insurance, then you have separate vision, and dental insurance, and that doesn't even consider incidentals like tires, tickets, unexpected repairs, emergency room visits, co-pays, things not covered by insurance, and taking off work to take care of things as they should happen. Then God forbid you want a piece of peace and happiness, and buy a pet or try to take a vacation.

2009 Poverty Thresholds, Selected Family Types

Single IndividualUnder 65 years$ 11,161
65 years & older$ 10,289
Single ParentOne child$ 14,787
Two children$ 17,285
Two AdultsNo children$ 14,366
One child$ 17,268
Two children$ 21,756
Three children$ 25,603

The poverty thresholds above show what 14.3 percent of the U.S. population lived with in the year 2009. In the game mentioned above, with the highest paying job, you make about $18k a year.

Now let us look at some more stats.

Children Under 18 Living in Poverty, 2008

Number (in thousands)
All children under 18
15, 451
White only, non-Hispanic
4, 850

As you read the chart above, think about all the info-mercials you see on television today. People and groups asking you to send money to help feed the children in Cambodia, Nigeria, Chile, or where ever they can think of. Yet, how many do you see to help feed the hungry children in the good 'ole U.S. of A.? I personally don't recall any ads on television for them. I know we have our soup kitchens, and charities. And, personally I'd rather give to them, either my time or money, than to send it overseas. I say if we can feed some foreigner kid for less than a dollar a day, then we need to import some of that damn food, give 'um a buck and a half or two bucks for it, let the buy their damn own, and feed our own kids for two or three bucks a day. Shit, if I could get away with five a day for each of my kids, I'd be living high on the hog.

Well, I don't really have much more to say on this subject, so I'll just leave you with this. Think about the less fortunate next time you're at McDonald's or the grocery store. Or next time you see one of those television commercials asking you to send them money and you think about picking up the phone with credit card in hand. That $20 would be better spent down at your local homeless shelter. And, I can almost guarantee that 100 percent of the proceeds go to helping the homeless in your city.

The above charts and stats came from the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center. It was a lot easier to navigate and find the information I wanted than the U.S. Census website.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Kind Word And A Compliment

You guys are on the mark today. While continuing my reading, I stumbled across another excellent post by Kipp at rockbottom. Enjoy.

This Truly Sucks

While going through my reading list I came across this post at Dribble by Mynx, it's also a problem I have. And, the memory card slot in your head is a great idea. She also has some nice pics on this post.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The New Truck

Well, got my newer truck. It's not new but new to me, and quite a bit newer than the Bronco, by twelve years anyway. '06 Rnager, five speed and 4wd. Easy on the gas and not bad on the eyes either.
And, with me going back out on a rig, and moving farther from work I need to keep my fuel bill down as much as possible. A lot of little changes going on, moving, new truck, back to the rigs. But, I'll all be for the better when things get settled down.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oh hell, I dunno.

Just sittin here thinking about everything and nothing at the same time. Been doing the moving thing, just gettin my move on. However you want to put it. Been a bit busy, packing and unpacking. Looking to get back on a rig, get back in the derrick and latch some pipe. It's nice when you have time to spread out the move, instead of having to move every possession you have in a weekend. Got two and a half months before I have to get everything moved, so that should be plenty of time. Also, since I'm going to be living farther away from work, I'm working on getting a more fuel efficient truck, the Bronco just uses too much fuel for my liking. So I'm looking at something like a Ranger or Nissan Hardbody, four wheel drive of course. Well, we'll see how the next couple of weeks go. Can't wait to get back on the rig, and the sooner the better on the truck.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Oklahoma's Own 2-18-2011

Mr. Vince Gill....

Yup, I got a little overzealous on this one and posted more videos than I usually do, there were just so many I liked and couldn't decide which ones I wanted to post. So, I just posted them all. Enjoy.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just some more quotes.

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.
-Nicholas Murray Butler

No matter how often defeated, you are born to victory. The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't go by gossip and rumor, nor by what's to you by others, not by what you hear said, no even by the authority of you traditional teachings. Don't go by reasoning, nor by inferring one thing from another, nor by argument about methods, not from liking an opinion, nor from awe of the teacher and thinking he bust be deferred to. Instead, when you know from within yourselves that sertain theachings are good, that when put into practice they lead to loss and suffering, you must then trust yourselves and reject them.
-  The Anguttara Nikaya

The way to love anything is to realize it might be lost.
-G. K. Chesterton

Who reaches with a clumsy hand for a rose must not complain if the thorns scratch.
-Heinrich Heine, "Rabbi of Bacharach"

What you don't see with you eyes, don't witness with your mouth.
-Jewish Proverb

Friday, February 11, 2011

Aliens Among Us?!

I watch a lot of History Channel and stuff of the like. They have been playing a series called Ancient Aliens quite a bit here lately, I've watched most of them. And, they present a theroy that aliens helped move our civilazation into the stone age and to evolve into what we are now. They cite the Nazca Lines, Stonehenge, The Easter Island Monoliths, The Egyptian, Aztec, Myan, and Incan Pyramids, Crop Circles, and other stuff like that, as signals from both us and aliens to alien pilots. And, as guides for us humans to show where in the sky they came from. They also think that these aliens are the basis of our world religions all through history, from Ra to God. And, that the Angels described in The Bible were infact alien visitors. Now, I'm not saying whether they're right or wrong, thus far it's just a theroy even if they think they're right. Their "proof" if put in a murder context would give speculation of the accused, but not a conviction. They have a lot of interesting evidence, and I do believe that it is in fact possible, and maybe even highly likely, and it still wouldn't be contrary to The Bible or the core beliefs of Christianinty. Just like I don't believe that sicence disproves the existance of a creator. I believe that with enough knowledge of science and religion, that we can and possibly will come to learn that both camps of thought are true to the fullest extent. I'm not saying that the aliens are Gods or that they created us, but it's possible that whoever created us also created them and that they were sent here by our God to help us along and to keep an eye on us.

Oklahoma's Own 2/8/2011

I present to you... The Gap Band from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

COMING SOON! To A Country Road Near You.... ME!

Put a down payment on a place near my home town of Chickasha yesterday. Pretty nice place, twenty one hundred square foot of mobile/manufactured/trailer home, with redwood decks, forty by forty shop, and nearly two acres. So, it's off to the packing races, but with turtles, we're looking to move in May, let the girls finish out the school year here. While we were out at the place looking around and talking with the neighbours I realized something that I thought was funny. And, that is exactly what perspective is. I spent the first five years of my life on a three hundred acre farm, and the following ten helping my grandpa with chores on the remaining plots he had, one one hundred acre farm on the Washita River, and a couple plots of twenty and forty that we would tend to, he always liked to keep enough land to hold five or six steers. And, even when we moved into town, we moved into a town of fifteen thousand people, yup a small city, but still small enough where we had big 4H and agriculture clubs/classes/memberships what ever you want to call them. Most of the kids I went to school with in Chickasha their parents had land, or their grand parents did. They partially grew up on farms or ranches at the least.

My wife, grew up in towns and cities. Mostly in the Oklahoma City area, and a few years in the Phoenix, AZ and a few years in Watertown, NY. Don't know much about Watertown, but the OKC metro has around three million bodies in it, and I know Phoenix has quite a few more than that. So, we have had different experiences growing up, to say the least.

I noticed how different our upbringin' was while we were out looking at the place we're moving into.
To her two and a half acres is some land, to me it's a big yard. She thinks the sound of coyotes is disturbing, I think the sound of semi's running down the interstate is disturbing. We're a half mile from the city limits, and about three miles from Chickasha proper, to her we're out in the boonies, to me we're on the outskirts of town. The area we're moving to is a hundred acre field that's been divided into two to six acre lots, to her that's out in the country, to me we're in a neighbourhood. It just stuck me as funny how different we were raised. There's nothing wrong with how either of us were raised. It's just different. Personally, I've lived here for a year and a half, and I'm still not used to the interstate traffic, and other city noises. And, I know it'll take her a while to get used to the country noises like the coyotes howlin' the wind blowin, and the crickets chirpin, maybe a bobcat holler every once in a while. And, while she adjusts, I'll be right there with her sippin my whiskey, howlin back at the coyotes. And, doing what I can to make the change as easy as I can on my baby doll.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Well, I finally get a moment to actually sit down and do some blog reading, and I notice a couple messages and that I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award. So thanks to Buckskins Rule over at (A Tale Of Two Buckskins) and to Kipp at (rockbottom) for passing this award on to me. Now, if I had recieved a nominations list, I would have had time to prepare a proper acceptance speech. So... I'll just have to wing it.

First off I want to thank God for breathing life into Adam so that I may be born way back in nineteen and seventy six. I want to thank my lovely wife Emily for all her support in all my hobbies and habits, whether it be spending hours reading blogs, to being an aggravating little ass sometimes, to my newest project, we're about to start The Cat-tle Ranch here in Oklahoma, it's going to be tough and rough, things are coming along pretty well, but the chimps aren't getting down how to ride the goats to gather the herds. But, we're working on it. And, keeping the Persians, Tabbys, and Siamese separated is quite a chore. But, I digress. Again, I would like to thank BR and Kipp for giving me the award, if it weren't for these two, I would not have the award to warrant the acceptance speech. I would like to thank my fourth grade teacher, Pam, for passing me onto the fourth grade even though I turned in no work that year and really learned nothing. (Because I caught her with my dad and uncle one night, and they didn't want my step-mom to find out, that was a great year.) I would like to thank my dogs, Bo and Daya, them along with our miniature panther Leo, who whilst playing gave me the idea for the cat ranch mentioned above. And, I would also like to thank Klrmnnopp, (I think that's how you would spell it) for not using the big probe when they abducted me last week.

There are rules that go along with this award:
One- Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
Two- Share seven things about yourself.
Three- Award fifteen recently discovered great bloggers.
Four- Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

Now on to other honors. In no particular order fifteen blogs.
One- Why not.... (Wifeys Blog)
Two- Can You Relate?
Three- Grumpy Old Ken
Four- Make Daddy A Sammich
Five- A Year With Horses
Six- BSOTF Tatting plus other things
Seven- Dribble.....
Eight- Blog of randomness
Nine- Knucklehead!
Ten- Semi-coherent thought
Eleven- Simple Dude
Twelve- My Hetic Life
Thirteen- Hyperbole and a Half
Fifteen- Sketches and Doodles

Now, being that I haven't been on here for that long, pretty well all the blogs I read are recently discovered, by me at least. So, I listed the top fifteen I read, which is nearly all of them I follow. Sad part is that was the easy part. The seven things about myself isn't going to be easy unless you want genetic features, like I have eyes, legs, arms, hair, and a couple hands. Oddly enough they're attached to the ends of my arms, brilliant I tell ya, just damn brilliant!

One- I'm just a regular 'ole Redneck that rides a motorcycle and works in the oilfield.
Two- I have a family, One wife, three children. Was going for the two and a half average, but the   hospital rounded up.
Three- I am The Stig....s Redneck cousin, I test drive oilfield equipment.
Four- I play with myself a lot, and it wears me out. It's not bad with computer games, but Ping Pong is  a pretty fast paced game, and running around the table is a helluva work out.
Five- My favorite teams are, Pittsburgh in all sports, Oklahoma City Thunder in Basketball, and   Oklahoma State in College sports.
Six- I put Viagra in my bosses coffee once, and he couldn't sit down for a week.Seven- My favorite show right now is Top Gear on the BBC.

Now on to the really fun part, trying to figure out how to paste links where it shows the title of the page instead of the html code. lol And, the off to pass the word around that they have been awarded by 'lil 'ole me.

Friday, February 4, 2011

I notice that there is no place for open comments or posts on your site, is that because you want to filter out what is said. And, place comments on your site out of context, just like you do when you take a Bible verse out of context when you remove it from the rest of the chapter and book? By the way, when I am finished with this little note, I will copy and paste it to my blog for the world to see. Now, although you do have the right to free speech, and to peaceably assemble. Would you be in favor of a group of people protesting your pastors funeral? Or your funeral for that matter? While picketing a funeral, there is no such thing as a respectable distance. And, as far a s God's judgment goes, it is not your to pass, nor your place to punish. Jesus wasn't even given that right. Yes, he threw a fit or two, most notably in the market, but wasn't allowed to be the judge and/or jury for us humans. If you want to follow in the works of Jesus, I'll happily build a nice cross for all of you. It says in The Bible, that God will bring about the Judgment. Not, God will have some small extremists do it for him. And, yes that is exactly what you are, extremists. You are spouting the same garble as The al-Qaeda, Communists, and Nazis. We are Gods most righteous, and we must rid the world of the impure.
As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.
-Adolf Hitler
I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.
Adolf Hitler
Now, as far as I know you haven't gone to the point of killing, yet. But, Hitler and Stalin did start out killing millions either. You need to thin before you act. Would I want this done to me, and would God or Jesus do this himself?

This is a direct copy of a letter I wrote to Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas
I hate to put a link to their website on my page, because it will direct more people to it. But, this group is no better than the Nazis, Communists, or the al-Qaeda. And, I think people need to be aware of what they're doing, they're protesting funerals of our fallen soldiers, and other citizens. They don't seem to have any real agenda or plan as to who they're going to protest. They just say it's because we're evil and sin in Gods eyes, so they must protest. I think their church should be protested every Sunday, if that's when they even do their services. I implore you to check their site out, and get offended as I did. This is a mockery of the Christian faith, no matter which one you practice, from Catholic, to Protestant, to Judaism, to how ever you want to worship God.

Westboro Baptist Church
3701 West 12th Street
Topeka, KS 66604-1730
(785) 273-0325

Funny Stuff I Found On The Net

Just like the title says. lol

When reality meets fantasy

The same 'ole song and dance

If truth in advertising were strictly enforced


Always use protection!

Lord I Apologize...

Now, I know I'm not at fault for bringing the following to life, but on behalf of the Oklahoma citizens I apologize for them getting out. lol

The first video is Color Me Badd, the second is Hanson. Both from the great state of Oklahoma. Now, I'm not a big fan of either band nor their style in general, but I do have to admit they did have talent, but as all boy bands their time was (thankfully) very limited. Eventhough I don't care for their music, I feel I must recognize their musical accoplishments. They got very popular in the ninties and I do congratulate them for it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Just Some More Quotes

We should always live in the dark empty sky. The sky is always the sky. Even though clouds and lightning come, the sky is not disturbed. Even if the flashing of enlightenment comes, our practice forgets all about it. Then it is ready for another enlightenment.
- Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.
- Althea Gibson

First a person should put his house together, then his town, then the world.
- Rabbi Israel Salanter

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.

Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel,

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
- Ray Kroc

If I have learned one thing in this life, it is that God will not tie my shoes without me.
- Doug Boyd

In my own experience, the period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. ...Through a difficult period, you can learn, you can develop inner strength, determination, and courage to face the problem. Who gives you this chance? Your enemy.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
And, lastly. One of my favorites of all time.

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.
- Victor Hugo