Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Well another year has come to an end here at DDDN. Can you believe it has been over 5 years of news posting?

The New Year always brings some resolutions. Most of which, we all seem to fail at keeping. I don't do New Year's resolutions. I'm much too disciplined for that. (hehehe) yeah. Okay, I don't do them cause I'm weak and mostly unable to come up with something I want bad enough to make that level of commitment for. So for the new year here's some...things I'm gonna be better at...

Get in shape
Two years ago I made a decision to loose some weight. And I did. I just finished my second year in the Intervent at Home program that was provided by my employer, the State of Oklahoma. At my heaviest I weighed 222 pounds give or take 3 or 4 depending on my drinking or eating binges. That may not seem like a lot but remember I was a "lean mean fighting machine" back in the day. This week I weighed 185 pounds. So for the new year I'm going to tone the new lighter me. I'm not planning on running any marathons or becoming a tri-athlete I would like to just one more time see my muscles as they once were in 1986.

Grand Parenting
This year I also completed my second year of grand parenting. Yes that too is hard to believe I know. So this year I hope to continue to grow in my ability to spoil my grand daughter and be the grand parent I remember my grand parents were.

Since I'm not 60 years old I should have a huge advantage at grand parenting. This might just be a lot of fun. So while I am spoiling my grand child I can do all this with one of my best friends who is just starting his family.

Get Back in Touch
A year ago I found a couple of friends I had when I was in the Marine Corps. I am going to get back in touch with them and try to visit them in the coming year. And if not in the coming year, in the near future. I am going to also try to make better contact with friends I have not seen in a while. I have friends living within 10 miles of me that I used to see more when they lived 150 miles from me. How sad is that?

I am going to take my family camping. I've been talking about doing this for three years. I have all the things to take us camping. I have a Land Rover capable of taking me just about any where I want to go.

So why haven't I gone some where? Well I'm going to go if I have to go by myself. And along with these goals I'm going to try and take some pictures and replace these pictures with pictures of me doing this stuff.

So Happy New Year everyone. Make a resolution for yourself. Just you. Make it something you can actually do and want to do. And when you realize later this year you are doing it, you can be proud of yourself for doing it.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Almost unheard-of: Boy Scout earns all 121 badges

NEW YORK – A Long Island teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It's an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls "an almost unheard-of feat." Oceanside resident Shawn Goldsmith earned his final badge — for bugling — in time for his 18th birthday in November.

He said he hopes to become a businessman and politician find a girlfriend in the future. Okay I added the girlfriend part. I'm sure he'll be a great businessman or politician. Good luck Shawn.

Mexican beauty queen arrested in gun-filled truck

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition, police say.

Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Zuniga stared at the ground, with her flowing dark hair concealing her face, as she stood squeezed between seven alleged gunmen lined up before journalists. Soldiers wearing ski masks guarded the 23-year-old model and the suspects.

She likes the "bad boys" I guess. She was going to go shopping with the gunmen...bwahahahaha.

Bonuses, elite rep help boost Marine numbers

...while bonuses may lure recruits, a more lucrative enticement for first-time recruits may be the Marines' legacy and identity, Corps officials said. "Kids join the Marines because they want to join the Marines, not because they're tired of flipping burgers," Brig. Gen. Robert Milstead Jr., commander of Marine Corps Recruiting Command said.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Ummmm, I got nothin'

I don't especially like Lamborghini automobiles but this concept for a garage is totally awesome. OF course if you have 5 Lamborghinis you have enough money to have whatever garage your money can buy.

The big day is getting closer

Here's some fun from Intentional Foul. Enjoy.

Total Bullshit

HOUSTON – Crude prices rose above $40 a barrel Monday as Israel and Palestinian militants exchanged rocket fire and the death toll mounted in the oil-rich region.
Oil rich region?
How much oil is exported out of Israel?
How much oil is exported out of Gaza?
What a total crock of shit. These speculators are just driving the price up because...they can.

"In reality, the likelihood the conflict is going to interrupt oil supply in any way, shape or form is highly unlikely," Phil Flynn, an analyst at Alaron Trading Corp. in Chicago said. "Obviously, if the conflict widens, and other countries get involved directly, you might have a different situation."
No shit. Really? Wow and you get the big bucks for that. Congrats.

Taliban are kicking it up a notch

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Taliban militants are beheading and burning their way through Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley, and residents say the insurgents now control most of the mountainous region far from the lawless tribal areas where jihadists thrive.

The deteriorating situation in the former tourist haven comes despite an army offensive that began in 2007 and an attempted peace deal. It is especially worrisome to Pakistani officials because the valley lies outside the areas where al-Qaida and Taliban militants have traditionally operated and where the military is staging a separate offensive.

Boy do we have a present for you bastards. Hopefully, as we redeploy our troops to combat these Facists we'll have better luck than the Russians did. I think we will. Putting aside we have the best trained troops in the world today, you've got to figure we were helping them when they were defying the Russians during the Soviet-Afghan War (Wikipedia). And they don't have any country seriously helping them.

The Worst Predictions About 2008

3. "I think this is a case where Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are fundamentally sound. They're not in danger of going under I think they are in good shape going forward." --
Barney Frank (D-Mass.), House Financial Services Committee chairman, July 14, 2008

Here are some real gems from 2008. That's why the stock market is basically licensed gambling.