JMD's Daily Thoughts. Come on in!
It has been a very long time since I haveblogged on this site so if it goes a little astray well don't hold it against me too much. It wasn't so very long ago when I couldn't wait for the release of the next big game. I think one of the last big ones I could hardly wait for was grand theft auto IV. It was an amazing game for its time. The ability to walk around a huge city and not run into the same AI controlled character saying the same line over and over again was just plain crazy. However the basis of the game, get in car, go to point x, duck and cover, shot 'em up, race away to your hide out, well it quickly got boring. I used to play these games for hours at a time, totally loosing track of time and before I knew it I had clocked in a mini marathon of 10 plus hours of gaming straight. Well it seems those days have long come and gone. I rarely even get excited much any more about playing games like I used to. I see no major games coming up that seem to hold my attention to the point where I have to follow it day after day, put in that pre order and nervously wait for the drop day. I don't know maybe lfe is just changing for me. I never thought I would ever quit gaming altogether but maybe I am overdue for a break. Perhaps if I come back at a later time I might be more energized about gaming again. I don't know though...
So for anybody reading this, how is gaming for you lately? What games capture your interest most? What is the next big thing you are waiting for?
Anyways as always, take care out there my friends.
Till next time.
The Sack Lunches
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.
Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the a isle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan.
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time..
As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.
His friend agreed.
I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first **** 'This is your thanks.'
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.
Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, an said, 'I want to shake your hand.'
Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!
Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals.
It seemed so
A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ' Canada ' or ' United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'
May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy list....
30Jul 08Two Choices
What would you do? You make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:
'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection.
Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?'
The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'
Then he told the following story:
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'
Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.
Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.
The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.
Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.
Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first! Run to first!'
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.
By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.
Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'!
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third! Shay, run to third!'
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.
'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.
Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!
One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.
Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn't look safe; he looked poor and hungry.
He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill which only fear can put in you.
He said, 'I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan Anderson.'
Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Bryan crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt.
As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down the window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid.
Bryan just smiled as he closed her trunk. The lady asked how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Bryan never thought twice about being paid. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty, who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way.
He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed, and Bryan added, 'And think of me.'
He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight.
A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn't' t erase. The lady noticed the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan .
After the lady finished her meal, she paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress quickly went to get change for her hundred dollar bill, but the old lady had slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. The waitress wondered where the lady could be. Then she noticed something written on the napkin.
There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote: 'You don't owe me anything. I have been there too. Somebody once helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: Do not let this chain of love end with you.'
Under the napkin were four more $100 bills.
Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the
money and what the lady had written. How could the lady have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard....
She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, 'Everything's going to be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson.'
There is an old saying 'What goes around comes around.' Today I sent you this story, and I'm asking you to pass it on. Let this light shine.
Just dropped in to look a few games over, check a few reviews, look over some PC stuff, you know just kinda browsing around. I got tired of seeing the same message here so I thought it was time for a new one. I have been into playing some on-line text based games for a while now and have neglected my PC games for quite some time now. Anyone here play Torn City, Hobowars, or beyond evolution? To be quite honest I was looking at some of the new PC games and boy do I need an upgrade. I sure would love to get my hands on a quad core machine with 4m ram and a nice smoking hot pci express video card but when you have a growing 4 year old boy money is stretched out thin so that will just have to stay on the drool and wish list. Anyway I got to run so as always take care out there my friends.
Well hey there fellow blog readers. How goes it these days. I have not been around much since all the changes occurred around here that screwed this site up so much. So if you read this have things in fact changed for the better. Are you all used to the changes now so much that it is all just an afterthought now? I am just curious as I have not been around here for, well almost a year now. I am really surprised that they have not deleted my account to be perfectly honest. At least I give them credit for that. I tip my hat to gamespot for that one. Well if any of my friends are still out there and read this you know the rest....Take care out there my friends.
Well at least that is what my level shows. Things have been busy as ever around here. It is only the middle of the month and we have already made the same amout of money as we did last year for the same month and last year was extremely busy. I hope everybody is doing well and I apologize for not being around so much these days. I really dont feel the same about the site since the changes. I mainly only come around to read my friends blogs and respond to them when I can. Well as the old saying goes, take care out there my friends.
Just checking out the new look for our board here. Looks like it will take a little getting used to. I could navigate the old system in my sleep but now I will have to reacquaint myself where everything is. It appears that they borrowed the set up for tv.com and brought that style of set up here.
So how is everyone doing out there these days? I have been really busy at work, and with my family when I have any free time. No real quality gaming time much anymore as hours are long and I am tired when I get home.
My wife did win some complimentary tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I haven't been in a few years so we brought along both grandmothers and had a great day at the beach, picnic lunch, and then enjoyed that aquarium. There is nothing like seeing a 600 to 700 pound tuna ripping through the water. I wonder how many cans you would get out of that.
Well I do still lurk about and try to talk to you all when I can so for now, take care out there my friends.
Still getting slammed at work these days and it's not all bad, as the days are just flying by. Weekends have been busy too. My brother in laws 30th was last Saturday and our good friends boy's 8th on Sunday. So driving back and forth and partying for 2 days straight and keeping an eye on my little one has got me tuckered out.
So I read about WoW hitting 4 million paying customers a month. If I remember correctly the reason they charge $15 a month is to keep the servers running properly. Well lets do the math 4 million x $15 = 60 million dollars a month. You would think that much money could run several servers for several years. The funny thing is that people just keep signing up too and taking your money. Well I guess if people are going to continue to pay why pull the plug on the super gravy train.
Well that is it from here today. Talk to you all soon.
Bonus points if you can figure out what song that piece is from. Anyway, work is busy as ever. I am still around but not very much these days. I still lurk when I can though. I try to post in some of your journals as well just to let you guys and girls know that I am still around.
I got to watch Tiger pull of another major over the weekend. It was a day of edge burners to say the least, but good stuff. I won a pair of Raiders tickets at work so I am going to get to see my team play against the Bills on Oct. 23. Woot! Otherwise life is good in general just busy. I hope everyone out there is doing well.
Nose is still stuck to the grinding stone here at work. Thanks everyone for checking in and saying hi. I hope that this madness will go by soon but as we get closer and closer to the busiest time of the year in my job, it doesn't look good until Feb next year. I will still be around and try to keep up with you all.
Did I say work? Yes I sure did. It has been hellaciously busy around these parts as of late. I have also been trying to catch up from my week off from vacation. Not to mention I have an email campaign to put together and finish building by the end of the week. Not much time to do anything else these days and no time for the forum as of late. I will continue to stop by when I can but will be mostly lurking as not much time for anything else right now. I hope everyone is getting by nicely and having fun out there. Talk to you all later.
I am having a very busy day today and don't have a lot of time. I just wanted to mention that I was at Costco today and came across the Beverly Hills Cop DVD entire collection at the ridiculously low price of $14.99. That is for all 3 movies. I could hardly believe it. I am so happy. Well everyone have a great weekend and I will check to see how everyone is doing when I can.
Well the time is almost here. 10 days worth of vacation. I am definitely in pre vacation mode. In just a few minutes I am heading over to my son's daycare as we have arranged a party there to celebrate with his mates from daycare. My wife baked the cupcakes and made loot bags for all the kids so everyone has some fun stuff to play with. Then I will be finishing up some last minute stuff that comes along, fill in my co-worker on what needs to get done while I am gone, turn on the automated email response that I am on vacation and bounce on out of here. On one of our days off we may take a trip to 6 flags marine world, and another day I am going with my brother in law to go gambling at an Indian casino, and perhaps if time allows a trip to Yosemite. Not to mention a huge birthday party for my son on Sat. (not his actual b day) with all the family and friends. I think somewhere around 30 people, so it will be a big day. Jumper in the back yard and fun and games for all. I will try to sign in and see how everyone is doing periodically throughout the week. I hope that everyone has a great weekend and talk to you all later.
Well at least work is anyway. After a slow lul for half of July, August seems to be moving right along. Yesterday I didn't even have time to get a journal entry in. For shame. Today is just about the same as yesterday but I managed to squeak one in.
Good news is that only just one more day and I am officially on vacation for 10 days. Woot!
Well catch you all later and take care out there my friends.
I have been working non stop all weekend long getting ready for my son's Birthday party that we are having this Saturday. Yard work, house work, building a 10' x 10' awning, constructed a 7 piece patio set, setting walking stones, well hopefully you get the point. My body is all worn out and I can barely move today. Like it was said in all of the Lethal Weapon movies...I am getting to old for this poop. I still have a lot to finish so I am also taking an extra day off before the party, to finish all the last minute odds and ends. Next week another vacation for the week so at least I will catch up on some rest hopefully. Well got to run for today.
It is Friday and the whistle at work is blowing. Time to start the weekend. So much to do to get ready for my son's birthday party next week and virtually no time to do it in. Well I have better get a move on as the clock is ticking. Everybody have a great weekend out there and I will hope to catch up with you all later.
Things are relatively quiet on the work front right now as it generally tends to be our slowest time of the year, and this year seems to be no different. So since my boss is out of town on business and most of the building is out to meetings and such I have been taking care of my work and doing some Harry Potter reading. I must have burned through 100 pages or so today at work. What the boss man doesn't know wont hurt 'em.
So other than that, nothing too terribly interesting today, but yesterday and interesting thing happened on one of the boards I am a mod at. We got a spammer that was trying to rob the few members left at our dead board, by advertising to jump ship and join their board as it is basically on the same topic of tv and movies. So I locked the message and reported it and later got a PM from the guy with a bunch of things I would rather not repeat here and so I reported that as well. Weird thing is I have yet to receive any type of response that it was even looked into. I was to believe that being complete would not have an effect on this type of situation but I have yet to be told otherwise at this point. I am not too impressed at this point. I hope that GS proves me wrong and deals with the situation.
Anyway enough of my complaints and I hope everyone else is having a good day out there.