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Subject:beard 2-week update
Time:12:53 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused

For those who haven't gotten bored with this whole beard thing here is the 2 week update.    J has been playing with shapes and right now we have the  stache and chin  shape what ever that is called.  For a special treat my whole face is available for viewing, laughter, what ever comes to mind. 

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Subject:beard update 6-day
Time:06:57 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused

I started working on shape today.  I shaved the high cheek bones and neck.  J gave me a trim on my hair I am supposed to post a picture of my whole face so everyone can see how the beard brings out my eyes.  When I take a picture of myself I look like either I am a fugitive, Lenny from "Of Mice and Men..." or someone just shoved a stick up my... Oh well here is just the lower half.  Maybe J can take a better picture for next time.

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Subject:beard update - 3 days
Time:10:10 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused

Since a handful of you requested pictures here is the first one.  Bad hair day so lower face only.  :)

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Subject:facial hair??
Time:08:33 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused
charisophia is suggesting that I grow a beard and mustache.  I guess she wants me to hide my face.  :)   Since I have nothing else to do I will provide you with updates now and then.   The last time I shaved was on Friday so I have a good 5 o'clock shadow going.   That's it for now.
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Subject:Open letter to Dr. Laura
Time:06:06 pm
I found this another site.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan,
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Subject:Foe those who believe in reincarnation
Time:02:04 pm

Old Friends Found


When times are bleak and I feel out of touch,

along comes  strangers who seems familiar.


I am sure I have never met this person before,

why then do I feel I have missed them so?


As we talk and discover each other,

I am convinced I have known them before.


So quickly my guard comes down,

I see them and know we have always been friends.


A comfortable calm comes over me,

I have found my lost friend from another time.


Here we are begun anew again,

for this part of our journey.


Oh joy of joys I have found my old friend,

not knowing that I had been missing them.


I feel like I am ready to take the next step,

and look forward to what surprises are in store.


All we have gained during our separate paths,

is now ready to be shared and enjoyed.


Our last life is but a faded memory,

but this life is here and now.


It is our time to travel together,

and be partners through life once again.


And when this life is finished,

we will plan to meet again.


In that new life I won't know it,

but I will be waiting for old friends found.


                                                            -KPB 3/14/08
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Subject:Funny and not so Funny
Time:09:37 pm

This post is somewhat amusing but also not funny. But I put it here to remind myself how silly (stupid?) we men can be at times. I know I am guilty of a couple of those tips. Hopefully I won't repeat them.

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Subject:Madeleine goes to the dentist
Time:05:26 pm
A little while ago J gave us a day in the life of Madeleine. To add another chapter of the ongoing saga of Madeleine's life here is her trip to the dentist told from her point of view.

Today Miss Iris said I could leave school early because my daddy is waiting outside. To show my appreciation I soon as I saw my daddy I yelled as loud as I could "Daddy, am I going to the doctor?" I am wondering why all the other mommies and daddies are laughing and looking at my daddy. I like to laugh so I laugh too.

Daddy tells me we are going to a place called the dentist. As we are driving to the dentist I talk the whole time about the different doctors I go to. Of course I remind daddy that he should be driving with two hands. Even though he tells me he has a big hand and can drive with one hand I don't buy it.

When we get to the dentist I question daddy on his choice of parking spaces. He tells me this spot doesn't have a meter and it is close to the dentist. well duh I know that, it is the trash can next to the truck that I object too, parents can be so funny.

I insist that I should push the button to open the door to the dentist office after all I am the guest of honor. To ensure that the dentist knows that I am here. I yell "we are here" at the top of the stairs. Then I march over to the window and say "Hi" to the lady sitting there. She laughs and looks at my daddy and says " is this Madeleine?"

My Daddy chuckles at the lady and says "yes it is". Since she is no longer paying attention to me I turn around and again yell as loud as I can " they have lots of toys" then I proceed to play with all the toys.

When they call my name to see the dentist I tell the lady that she needs to wait because I have to put the tops back on the pens. They just don't understand there is a proper procedure to everything. After I put the tops of the pens on and put them in order I march into the next room and announce to the dentist and all her assistants that I want to watch Dora. They show me to my chair and when the assistant lowers the chair I tell her when it is getting too low. I mean, really, I have to be able to see the TV they did after all put Dora on for me.

The dentist asks me if they can take a picture of my teeth. I love pictures so I tell them yes. They have me go sit in another chair. Adults are so silly why can't they take the picture in the chair I am sitting in. I yell to my daddy that he needs to pause Dora for me so I don't miss any of it. It is the good part, Boots is flying away on a balloon, I can't miss that part.

The assistant tells me that I need to bite on this big white plastic thing so she can take a picture of my teeth. Right, like I am going to fall for that one. My daddy has taken lots of picture of me and I have never had to bite on a big plastic thing. So I spit it out and say "yuck" as loud as I can. Everyone thinks this is funny so when they try it again I spit it again a good joke is worth repeating.

They decide not take pictures of my teeth this time and they keep saying next time. But I will be five then and they won't be able to fool me then either.

I go back to my first chair and I direct daddy to un-pause Dora, he is such a good daddy he does what I tell him most of the time. The assistant hands me a toothbrush and asks me to show her how to brush my teeth. I look at the toothbrush and tell her that I can not brush my teeth without toothpaste is she completely crazy? She laughs and says I don't need toothpaste to show her how to brush teeth. Jeez are these people nuts or what? I insist, no I demand that she get me toothpaste right now. Finally she realizes that she is dealing with a superior mind and she gets me the toothpaste. I show her how to brush my teeth and she makes notes on a piece of paper and gives it my daddy. Then she tells him that he needs to help me more. He mumbles something about easier said than done whatever that means.

The dentist comes in to look at my clean teeth and to count them. She puts a bright light in my eyes and I ask for sun glasses. After much waiting they give me sun glasses and the dentist counts my teeth. She tells me that they are perfect. Duh I could of told her that.

It is time to leave, I get to pick out a toy. All the toys are inferior to my tastes, but after daddy tells me three times that I need to pick one now I finally decide on the frog with the long sticky tongue. I am not quite sure how to play it but daddy tells me he will show me when we get home. I better like it or he will be in big trouble.

On the way out daddy talks to the lady at the window again something about coming back in six months, blah blah blah. When daddy says it is time to go I turn to the lady and yell as loud as I can "bye I will miss you". It works every time they always look at me like I am the best kid ever. Boy are they right. On the way down the stairs I see that the mail has come so I yell up the stairs that they have mail. Daddy explains to me that they know and will come it get when they are ready. I think I should take it to them, but daddy assures me that they don't need it yet. I am not convinced and I tell him all the way home about it. And of course I remind him to use two hands to drive. I ask daddy what the purple paper says, he tells me it is my report card for mommy to see, and that it says that I did a good job and that my teeth are fine. Duh I could of told then that. Why didn't they just ask, parents can be so silly.
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Subject:Musings from a warp mind part 1
Time:12:50 pm
Destiny vs Fate

The other day on the radio the DJ while trying to be funny asked if there was a difference between destiny and fate. Although no discussion actually occurred on the subject it got me thinking, and I think there is a difference.

I look at destiny as being the strategy for this lifetime and fate being the tactics. Looking back at my life my destiny has been one of success and accomplishments. I was the top mathematics student at my high school, winning numerous awards. I played several sports wining the most improved award as a freshman in football. I graduated from college with 2 degrees, comp sci and statistics, later on I received my MBA. I was an exchange student to Italy, i have traveled to Ireland, London, Germany, Aruba , Cancun, Tahiti, the Bahamas, and several places in the states. I am married to a woman who loves me, I have a daughter who thinks I am the best dad in the world. I am developing a relationship with a woman who thinks I am brilliant.

It sounds like a dream life, a destiny that most would envy. But looking back at my fate nothing has come easy. Coming from a small rural town and having very poor parents who didn't know how to deal with an above average intelligent child put me in the position having to take control of my life from an early age. Dealing with other kids who were merciless because I was different, to doing my parents tax forms for them so I could make the financial aide deadlines for college. To having 13 cents left over to live on after paying the monthly bills. To spending 15 years in the computer industry and watching the last 3 companies I worked for go bankrupt and missing out on the stock options. It has been hard work after hard work to to get where I am now.

And even now things are not coming easy. At the brink of finally getting an RCFE up and running we are out money. Living day by day to see if something will come through or if I will have to go back to work for some one else.

But I know that something will work out because my destiny has shown that I have successes and accomplishments over the long run. My fate has shown that it won't come easy.

I do believe there is a difference between destiny and fate and if I don't give up my destiny will win over my fate.
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Subject:Who are the people in your neighborhood?
Time:10:01 am
When I was a young lad of 5 my favorite show to watch was Sesame Street. That may of been the product of only having 3 TV stations. Lets see Sesame Street, news or news. Hmmm I pick Sesame Street. What I remember most was the guy name Bob who would come on sing the song "Who are the people in your neighborhood". As I recall the people who should be in my neighborhood or the ones I should see each day were a policeman,a fireman, a milk delivery man, a postman and a bus driver.

How does those expectations stack up with my neighborhood today.

Policeman: I do get to see a policeman every day if you count public safety for the University across the street, but they not at all as friendly as I think they are supposed to be. And they don't walk they drive around in cars. Maybe like the muppets they don't have legs?

Fireman: Don't see one everyday and when I do see one, he is with a group of other firemen and they are in a hurry. They don't wave at me but they do wave at the woman wearing the short skirt walking along the sidewalk.

Milk delivery man: Never see him anymore. RIP

Postman: We do have one that comes 6 days a week, although I hardly ever see him. When I do see him he doesn't understand my greeting because he can not speak English.

Bus driver: I see buses almost every day, but the drivers do not wave to me like I think they are supposed to. Instead they are pushing me out of my lane so they turn left from the right hand lane.

Here are some characters that the song missed which I also (almost) see everyday in my neighborhood.

Unaware Student: I see everyday walking to class, crossing the street in front of cars and walking behind the Sysco food truck trying to back into the loading dock. All the while trying to explain to friend on cell phone how their life is so hard and complicated.

Take your recycling out of your trash can man: I see him almost every day wheeling his cart around looking for trash cans to visit and remove their recycling. When he thinks no is watching he takes the last sip out of the vodka bottle that was just thrown away. And then he proceeds to sort his treasure by size, color and material type. Then moves on the next trash can.

Can't find parking person: I see this person everyday. They never smile, usually ignore me since their eyes are clued to the side of the road. If they do communicate with me it is a hand gesture meaning "if you are leaving hurry your ass along so I can park because I am late".

Who are the people in your neighborhood? The ones that you see each day.
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