Category Archives: My Life

Old Songs

Feeling a little down and grumpy, so I went on Youtube and started listening to old songs. Some of them are vaguely familiar and some I’ve never heard before. It started with a Celine Dion song from back in 1990 and somehow morphed into a duet by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn – and I don’t even like country music much. The duet is called “You’re the Reason Out Kids Are Ugly.” It’s a really funny novelty song from the 1970’s that I am sure my parents listened to and got a good laugh from the lyrics.

That’s part of the fun of Youtube – you never know where your listening buffet will take you. Music is such a huge part of our lives. I wish I had taken the time to learn some type of musical instrument when I was younger. I have been thinking about taking some type of music lessons, either the guitar or the piano. Either way I would have to take advantage of some of the deals online like musicians friend used gear has for people that can’t invest a whole lot of money while taking the time to learn any type of musical instrument. A test drive is totally understandable when it comes to items like this.

Goodbye Guitar Hero

The popular video game called Guitar Hero has stopped being produced. The company called Blizzard Inc stopped making the game as the sales are failing. The game was very popular for many years but interest has faded.

The game was fun for awhile and very profitable for the company. The problem was that it was expensive to make and many accessories are required. The company will go on though as it just released the popular “Call of Duty: Black Ops” game.

I can remember going to the local strip mall that had so many stores that attracted youth, games, videos, music back in “the day” I spent a good amount of time at the local guitar center dallas with their unique clientele of odd folks that I felt so at home with. Most likely I never will have that type of relationship with people like that that I met through out those younger years.

The Garage

The one place that I can really relax in is my garage. There is nothing I like more than to tinker around with a project or two in my garage. I spend hours thinking up things to make and making them. I have built a few birdhouses and other projects for the kids. The one thing that I am really proud of is my tools. I like to have whatever tool I need right at my fingertips.

The last big project I started was to make a chair. The wife had seen a picture of one she liked and I wanted to make her one for her birthday. When I started the project, I made a list of the Tools and Hardware that I would need. While I was sure that I had most of the Hand Tools I needed, I realized that I would need some new Power Drills. I knew I would have to purchase the tools I needed before I started.

It took a while for me to get everything I needed together. But I knew it would save time when I actually started working. The chair was a challenge, but I found it easy once I got started. I finished the chair and my wife loves it. She said it was the best birthday present she ever had. I owe it all to a little planning and the best tools.

New Year Resolutions

I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I can’t help feel that they are land mines that doom us to failure rather than inspire us to succeed at something. Most people seem to focus on losing weight or quitting smoking or ending some bad habit. Those are hard to do and just because you make a promise on New Year’s Day to stop doing it does not make the magic solution to your problem.

This year I am going to resolve to be more sociable. I know that will be hard to measure and hard to gauge success or failure at such a noble effort, but I feel like I need to make a bigger effort to build a social network of people who have either common interests with me or who can help me achieve my own goals, like a mentor or someone in my field that can teach me or lead me to higher achievements.

So wish me luck with my resolution and I’ll wish you luck with yours.

Merry Christmas To All

It’s that wonderful time of the year again and I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. This years Christmas has been wonderful so far and I hope it has been for you too!

We had a great ham dinner and relatives galore. We had some great phone calls from far away family and cards and letters from old friends. All the presents are unwrapped and everyone got a treat. All in all it was a great time for all!

happy holidays

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!