ramblings from the noisedoctor

September 21, 2006

another incompetent criminal

Filed under: humor, people unlike us, unclear on the concept — noisedoctor @ 7:38 am

Imagine that you were on trial for multiple theft charges. What would be the absolute worst thing you could do? Well, aside from admitting guilt, skipping court, verbally abusing the judge or jury, I think the worst thing you could do would be… maybe… get caught stealing computers out of the courthouse.

The second story on this AP Wire report tells about Jon Houston Eipp who did just that. Why? He says it was “personal reasons.”

“I needed help, and I didn’t know how to ask for help,” he said. “And I guess, in my crazy way, that was my way of asking for help. Help with my drug problems, help with my sanity.”

I wouldn’t call it a “crazy way.” I’d call it stupid, dumb, or foolish. Not to sound too cliche here, but it never ceases to amaze me how people try to fill that “God shaped hole” in themselves with whatever they can.

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September 15, 2006

I’d be a fool

Filed under: Christianity — noisedoctor @ 9:51 am

How’s it going? How you doing? How are you?

It seems like those are the most common greetings you get from people, right? Sure, there some folks that say “Howdy” or “Hey” or something similar. And most of the time people say these questions with no real interest in hearing the answer.

So, a few months ago I adopted a new response to those questions. I answer: “I’d be a fool to complain.” I’ve gotten some blank stares, some perturbed looks, and, thankfully more often than not, some positive responses to my statement.

I like my response because it works for two reasons:

  1. I would be foolish to complain in light of all the many blessings God has given me. There is so much for me to be thankful for. My salvation, my relationship with Him, my wife, my family, my job, my house, my garden, etc. How could I have any justification to complain about anything with the deck stacked so completely in my favor. I’d be a fool to miss that and complain about something.
  2. Were there something unfortunate going on or something bothering me, I’d still be a fool to complain about it. Because, if you think about it, what would complaining really get me? What does complaining ever accomplish? Nothing. It’s a complete waste of time and energy. So, it would be foolish for me to waste any effort complaining.

I know it all might sound a little corny. I haven’t yet had anyone ask me why I said that or give me a real opportunity to share anything deeper with them. I have had a few people say, “Well, that’s the truth.” I’m certainly not expecting my little phrase to become the next cool phrase to sweep the nation. It’s just something that God put on my mind to say instead of the usual “I’m okay” sort of response to people.

adopt an orbit

Filed under: space — noisedoctor @ 9:05 am

This week’s space walkers at the International Space Station accidentally contributed a few items of “space junk” when a few spare bolts were dropped. This sort of orbiting debrit is dangerous to the station, space walkers, and space craft.

NASA and the air force now track 9,925 items in orbit over 4” in size, but there are over 90,000 smaller items out there. Oh, yeah, and all this stuff is moving at 15,000 mph. It must look like some of our roads around here–littered with trash.

Guess we’ll someday need to have folks adopt parts of Earth orbit, huh?

September 12, 2006

uh huh, yeah, that “other” person

Filed under: freecycle, humor — noisedoctor @ 11:46 am

freecycle post from a group near where I live:

offer: 30 bras!
Someone who did the yard sale with me has a bit of a compulsion! 😀

About 30 bras almost all in great shape or like new- good brands- nice
fabrics. Almost all are padded, some heavily. Size is mostly
34-36B-34-36C, with just one or two smaller and a Victoria Secret 38C thrown
in for good measure! a few pieces of lingerie also.

Yeah, they were from that “other” person that did the yard sale. Sure… and I’ve got this friend that has this blog…

at least it wasn’t “the dog ate my homework”

Filed under: humor, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 8:41 am

File under “truth is stranger than fiction.” A teenage girl in Largo, Florida, couldn’t turn in her homework because it was locked in her bedroom. Apparently a female racoon and her babies crashed into their house and the room was locked by the local animal control. You just can’t make that kind of stuff up.

any bets on whether Sam is rolling in his grave?

Filed under: soapbox, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 8:34 am

This one really surprised me. I shop a lot at Wal-Mart. Sure, they’re not perfect. But, there’s always been a strong sense of values, typically conservative, and frequently Christian-based values.

So, what’s the deal? Well, according to research over at snopes.com, Wal-Mart has partnered with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The American Family Association has posted an action alert asking people to contact Wal-Mart and express concern about this partnership.

Think Sam would have approved? I’m thinking not.

September 10, 2006

how not to witness to your family

Filed under: humor, people unlike us — noisedoctor @ 7:27 am

There’s obviously no single correct way to witness to unsaved family members. There are probably just as many less-than-stellar ways to do so. But, here’s one way that I think we can all agree is just plain wrong.

September 2, 2006

stock that pantry

Filed under: canning, gardening — noisedoctor @ 11:17 pm

What better to do on a rainy Saturday before Labor Day than watch the Texas Longhorns roll to an easy victory and can a bunch of stuff from the garden. Today’s tally:

  • 7 quarts of sweet bell peppers
  • 2 quarts and 5 pints of pickled beets
  • 6 pints of mild salsa

Guess what’s on tap for Sunday? Yeah, cleaning the kitchen. Beets are messy!

got mulch?

Filed under: Christianity, gardening — noisedoctor @ 9:55 am

A couple weeks ago (while in the middle of my most recent “elephant task“), the township road crew was taking down two trees in front of my next-door-neighbor’s house to widen our road. I went out and asked them if they were able to give me the wood chips when they were done grinding it all up. They were more than happy to do so. In face, the truck drive asked if I wanted “some more” because they were taking down “a couple” more trees nearby. Now, I’m the kind of wacky gardener guy that just can’t say no to free mulch. I don’t buy mulch. I have a wood chipper and 8 acres of woods, so I make my own mulch. A chance to get it for free without the work of chipping myself. How could I say no to that. (more…)

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