Monday, December 06, 2010

It's Winter in Indiana

I get this poem every winter & every winter I love re-reading it.
It's a beautiful poem and very well written.
Thought it might be a comfort to you, it was to me.

Winter in Indiana


It's cold!

The End.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Report

Ate too much!!!

And I am sick...have a horrible cold and am trying desperately to keep it from bronchitis or pneumonia. If not better by Wednesday, I'll be calling the doctors.

No Monday Insightful Views today...just don't have the energy.

In other news...was able to spend time with the grandsons. Spent Friday with them and all the kids under one roof since I don't know when. Was really nice and I hope someday soon we can do this again.

Nyquil...take me away!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mondays Thoughts and Insightful Views

Yea...but its better than watching the grass grow. Winter is coming so its damn slow growing.

Well...its a GIF file. Dunno why its not working. **sighs**

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Solution For Todays Issue

Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports.

Have a special custom-made booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.

It would be a win-win for everyone, and there would be none of this crap about racial profiling, plus this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial.

Justice would be quick and swift. Case closed!

This is so simple that it's pure genius. I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number _____ ".


Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Thoughts and Insightful Views

I came home yesterday and realized someone stole my thesaurus!

I was at a loss for words.


I like to imagine that braille on random public signs often says: "How did you know this was here?


My donkey ate my Christmas tree.

Total pine in the ass!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day - Remember Those Who Provide All

On Veterans Day, November 11th, we pause to remember and to honor the men and women who selflessly and bravely served in America’s armed forces to keep our nation strong and our freedoms secure.

Veterans Day traditionally is a day of celebration when communities large and small demonstrate their respect and appreciation for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have sacrificed so much for the cherished causes of liberty and peace.

This Veterans Day, however, will be a more somber occasion as we pay tribute to not only those who served in past wars, but honor America’s sons and daughters on active duty in Iraq and in the war against terrorism being waged around the world.

Observance of Veterans Day – or Armistice Day as it was known then -- began 84-years ago, in 1919, when Americans gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of the peace agreement that ended the first world war – the war to end all wars.

Today, many wars and conflicts later, we continue this tradition of paying tribute to those who have worn the uniforms of our armed forces. Our servicemen and women have freely given of themselves throughout our history to preserve the precious liberties and freedoms enjoyed today by Americans and people worldwide. We are the fortunate beneficiaries of their vigilance and determination.

The courage of America’s veterans has been passed down from generation to generation. Our veterans have proudly and bravely battled tyranny and oppression in the world wars, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

And, today, our men and women in uniform once again are at war, bringing freedom to the people of Iraq and standing vigilant against brutal and ruthless terrorists who kill innocent people in their blind hatred of America and our special way of life.

Through their service, today’s veterans have joined a long line of patriots willing to risk all to preserve our freedom and the American way of life.

To the families of others who have made the supreme sacrifice – we extend our heartfelt gratitude, acknowledging we cannot measure the value of the freedoms secured by their supreme sacrifice. Their losses, however, will not be in vain, as our nation will emerge victorious in these wars and the world will be a better and safer place.

We are a nation blessed with an abundance of citizens willing to take up arms to secure, defend and maintain the principles put forth by our forefathers. Since the founding of our nation, nearly 50 million men and women have served America in uniform.

Half of them – some 25 million – are living today. They are our grandparents, parents, sons and daughters, co-workers, friends and neighbors – ordinary citizens who have served in extraordinary ways to preserve the greatness of America.

It is our duty as citizens of this great nation to remember the service of our veterans, their sacrifices and their commitment to America and its citizens. We should do so, not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.

That is the least we can do in recognition of the inestimable debt we owe for what they have done for us, and continue to do to make a better and safer tomorrow for generations of Americans, who will enjoy the promise of freedom and happiness as the legacy of the selfless service of countless patriots.

A few years after the end of World War I, President Calvin Coolidge cautioned Americans that “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” The admonition is as timely today as it was then.

On Veterans Day 2006 let us join together in remembering our veterans and giving thanks for all they have done for us and our great nation. And, let us pray for the safety and well being of our men and women in uniform, and wish them success as they fight for the cause of freedom and peace.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU." Remember November 11th is Veterans Day.

"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

**Edited to add: This is a repost from my archives.**

Monday, November 08, 2010

Monday Thoughts and Insightful Views

When I die, I want to go like my dear grandad; peacefully in a deep sleep.

Not like the screaming passengers in his car.


What did the angry customer give the chef at an Italian restaurant?

A pizza his mind!


This girl came up to me today and said she recognized me from vegetarian club.

I was confused, I'd never met herbivore.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Things to Ponder

Personal rants...

The media and employment specialist highly recommend that a higher education can secure a better job. So when the recession hit allot of people went back to college/technical/vocational school. Then why is it that said people are defaulting on their educational loans now? THEY CAN'T FIND A JOB!!!


The Indiana Workforce Centers will now have an armed security guard at all of its locations. Understandable since towards the end of November and into the Christmas season people will lose their unemployment funds. (I will be one of them losing benefits) The state is obviously concerned about riots or disorderly gatherings. So let me ask this...can ONE armed guard maintain control against a mass of people? Blazing Saddles comes to mind. :)


A new study shows that social networking (such as blogs, Facebook, etc...) are actually detrimental to our interaction with people face to face. I disagree as the networking does allow more interactions. How? you a question to ask and starts a common conversation. Who does these studies anyways? I want their pay!


Anyone else seen the History Channel show called "Life After People"? Seriously...WHO CARES!!! What form of information can possibly be useful to people gathered from this show. Especially if we aren't here?!?!?!?!?!?

End Rant!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Mondays Thoughts and Insightful Views

I dropped my pet snail in the toilet by accident earlier but he's making a slow recovery.


My wife says that giving birth to a child is the most painful thing that a human being can experience.

She's obviously never had to listen to a woman going on about how painful childbirth is.


Just had a fight with my alarm clock. It wanted me to wake up, I disagreed. Things got violent. Now the alarm clock's broken and I'm wide awake.

I'm not sure who won.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Ramblings

Today the weather finally changed to represent Fall. Chilly enough to need a sweatshirt yet warm enough to break a sweat working outside. Leaves...I think they multiply when they hit the ground. rake an area clean and a few hours later they are everywhere! Just like dandelions...

I am still waiting to hear about a job. I have one in progress thats been phased since July. This is the last phase and the wait is killing me. I was sure to hear something this week or last. I guess if I don't hear something by next week, I'm moving on. That's my dilemma folks, I'm loyal to an employer sometimes to a fault. And I'd hate to get another job and this one call me. I don't like being put in those situations and having to pick without it being my choice. I really want this job I'm waiting for but then again I need employment and soon. Someone's gonna lose and I sure hope its not me. lol

Blood pressure isn't as squirrelly as it was last week. Still a bit high but nothing I'm too concerned about. I still need to lose weight...but damn its the Holiday season ya know? Halloween requires I sample all candies coming through the door. Yes...for the safety of the children ya know. And who knows, you might just find a new one that tickles your taste buds. And its always a good time tasting those treats that the wrapping doesn't quite identify the tasty contents. For example...a sweet and sour may actually be SOUR and not so damn sweet. Or a Red Hot might actually be mild instead of opening your sinuses and scalding the inside of your mouth.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Thoughts and Insightful Views

A truck carrying dolphins rammed into a truck carrying whale meat because the driver cut him off.

He did it on porpoise.


Went to see my careers adviser the other day, but she was 10 minutes late.

I told her I didn't like waiting, so she told me not to work in a restaurant


What do you call someone who doesn't fart in public?

A private tutor!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Thoughts

Not sure what's been happening this week. My blood pressure has been wacky and I've been sleeping ALOT. lol Sleep is good but geesh... Called the doctor to make an appointment today but he's full. Guess I'll call Monday.

Weather finally has a Fall feel to it. I think a cup of warm cider is in my future this weekend. May try and visit the local pumpkin patch and let the little ones run a muck. The local one here has a mechanical Dinosaur which always fascinates the kids. Of course us parents know its really a backhoe dressed up as a Dinosaur. Still neat to watch it "eat" pumpkins!

It's been refreshing to watch the squirrels scatter about gathering their winter food supply. And then my dogs running around the yard looking for the squirrels only to find their stash and dig it up. What a surprise the squirrels will have come this winter when their stash is gone.

I've made a promise to myself to post at least twice a week. And not just a actual post! Let's see if I can keep to that promise. I hope creative juices need energized!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Monday Thoughts and Insightful Views

My credit card company rang me the other day, the lady on the phone said "Mr Smith you've got some outstanding balance"

I replied "I know, I haven't fallen over for ages."


When I was younger I always felt like I was a boy trapped in a woman's body.

However, that changed when I was born.


I've been having trouble with maths recently and its got me down, but my fingers have been so supportive.

I can always count on them.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Listen...Hear That...Yea...It's Freakin' Quiet

I love kids...don't get me wrong I truly do. I wasn't even hesitant when asked back in June if I'd consider taking responsibility for our two nephews. Never flinched...just blurted out, "Ok, lets give it a shot." What could it hurt right?

Well lemme tell you...two boys aged 5 and 3 (soon to be 3) coming into the house of solitude was about as dramatic as a bull in the china shop. peace and solitude went bye bye. It was ok for awhile then the reality set in on both parties. And it was ok while our son was not in school. The 5 year old started Kindergarten 2 weeks before my son started his school. So us 3 Amigos had a grand time going places and making our idle time efficient as Uncle Dazd could teach them. Yea...then the son goes to school and its just us two.

I mean at 45...I shoulda been primed right? I shoulda known all about what needed to be accomplished to make life peaceful again, right? How hard could it be taking in two boys and mentoring them for a year or so?

Well lemme show you the Kodak Moment when the missus walks in asking how the day went!

So yea...this should be interesting. If I ever wanted/needed a JOB, its now. Being stuck at home basically 24/7 leaves me little time to enjoy myself elsewhere. Maybe I'll take up drinking again...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday Night Football Recap

Monday Night Football has been a fixture of the National Football League for over 40 seasons and running. Monday night games originally aired on ABC but moved to ESPN in 2006. The first year TV aired prime time football was in 1966. In 1970, as part of the negotiation for new television rights, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle negotiated a full schedule of games with ABC network.

Last night, October 11, 2010, Monday Night Football aired an amazing set of milestones. Whether you love or hate Brett Favre he truly is an amazing icon of professional football.

* Favre has started 289 straight games. Only five quarterbacks have regular season streaks of 100. His streak is the longest by a player at any position. Peyton Manning has started 197 straight, but from the moment Favre's streak stops he'll have to play about six more full seasons to catch him and he's 34 right now. Ron Jaworski (116), Tom Brady (111) and Joe Ferguson (107) are the other three to start more than 100 straight games. Eli Manning (92) and Phillip Rivers (69) have the other longest current streaks.

* Favre threw his 500th career TD pass to Randy Moss last night and also tossed two others to finish the evening with 502. I figured that Dan Marino or some other guys might be right around that number. Wrong. Marino is second with 420. John Elway is fifth at 300, Joe Montana ninth at 273 and Terry Bradshaw 24th at 212 (Bradshaw also threw 210 interceptions). Again Peyton Manning may eventually catch Favre. He currently stands third at 377. Here is the list.

* Favre, as expected, has a clear lead in interceptions. He's thrown 324. What is more interesting is that Kerry Collins, second on the active list, is all the way down at 29th on the career list with 188. Peyton Manning is 32nd with 183.

* Favre has 70,190 passing yards. This may again not seem like alot but die-hard football fans please take note:
2. Dan Marino+ 61,361
3. Peyton Manning 51,737
4. John Elway+ 51,475
5. Warren Moon+ 49,325
6. Fran Tarkenton+ 47,003
7. Vinny Testaverde 46,233
8. Drew Bledsoe 44,611
9. Dan Fouts+ 43,040
10.Joe Montana+ 40,551

And I might point out he's only 41 years old. 4 years younger than I am. Amazing!! Will Peyton Manning be able to surpass these achievements? Maybe...
If Peyton Manning stays healthy and maintains his past 12 seasons averages he could have 86,000+ passing yards by age 41. (Very basic math calculation)

Anyways...congrats to Brett Favre for providing a great moment in history last night. I felt honored to have witnessed such an event. Ranks right up there with watching Hank Aaron break Babe Ruth's home run record on TV, April 8, 1974.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Whats Wrong With This Picture?

Found this on the Internet. No idea of its validity or if its Photoshopped. Still...damn funny!

Friday, October 01, 2010


Well I have the blog revised and my blogroll working again. Not too happy with the layout but I can change it easily. So don't worry, its not the blog messing up. It's Dazd going through changing things up.

Opening day of archery deer season here in Indiana. Lovely weather outside and with the dry weather, Nature has changed dramatically over the last week. I noticed farmers are taking in the corn now instead of the soybeans. I won't be deer hunting this year as no monies and no where to hunt. So I'll just enjoy the fall weather, changing of the scenery and good times with the family.

Over the summer I became a Grandpa twice over. My two step-daughters both had boys. One was born in June and the other in September. Have yet to see the newest addition as they live south of Nashville and money is tight. But I'm hoping soon to hold that baby in my arms.

Hoping you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Looks like alot of things are broken on my blog. Blogrolling is inactive and may be closing up shop. Haloscan comments was taken over and now I have to pay for it?

Hmmmm...any ideas for a blogroll would be greatly appreciated. I hate having to code in sites and such. Maybe I'll completely overhaul the whole site. I dunno...

In other news...its FALL here in Indiana finally!

Not much else to report...move along folks, dead body has been removed...nothing to see here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Post Revisited-September 11th Tribute

4 years ago I wrote the following post. Amazingly, my cousin is deployed once again. I had the pleasure of visiting with his family this past Wednesday. My how the children have grown. I had mixed emotions visiting, as it wasn't quite the same without their Dad. But I gathered myself and embraced the warmth and innocence of the children. It lifted a heavy cloud off my soul and reminded me yet again how precious our life can be.

I am still saddened that 4 years later and we are no closer to resolving the world conflicts.


Today my thoughts are obscure. I’ve shielded myself from the outside world for reasons undefined. Occasionally my mood dictates this reclusive behavior and typically has no lasting malcontent. I find myself searching for answers to issues that aren’t directly affecting my every day life. Today, one thought is focused on past family members who served in the military. The one who comes to the forefront of my thoughts is my Granddaddy. He died when I was young and although I retain memories of him, I still wonder what amazing stories he told of World War I. My parents often reflect on how he loved to tell his stories. He would talk for hours on end recounting his days. If memory serves me correctly, he fought in the Battle of Belleau Woods. He was an infantryman for the U.S. Army and served his country proudly. To my knowledge, the only wound he received was a Mustard Gas stain on his legs he proudly displayed. My parents tell me I would sit and listen to his stories, focused on his every word as if I understood the abyss of his nightmare. I cannot recall those stories but have memories of sitting with him in his rocker or sitting at the kitchen table eating Raisin Pie. I often hear my parents recall his stories and wished they’d documented them.

The only relative, I’m aware of, that served in World War II was a cousin of mom’s that fought on Iwo Jima. He carried around a picture of her sister during that campaign and later told the family how he viewed that photograph often. It brought his mind home and surrounded him with an aura of peace and comfort. I sometimes contemplate just how such a small object can bring forth a calm amongst the storm.

I had hoped writing this would liberate my thoughts. I believe the imprisonment of my thoughts revolve around my cousin’s coming deployment. I have no qualms about his deployment as he will proudly serve God and Country. Although I haven’t received any information, I cannot dwell upon the missing facts. He deploys sometime this week or next.

The only consolations are the memories of those relatives who served their country and returned safely. We, as a Nation, must honor those who gave some and those that gave all. We must unite in our honor, regardless of our opinions, to those that have and will preserve our nation’s freedom and liberty. We, as a Nation, mustn’t view this war as an atrocity. We must view this as the world democracies, as we know it, stand against a belief having powerful similarities to the Axis of Evil from World War II. Our forefathers served and died protecting our freedoms and liberties. We, as a Nation, are poised to cross that threshold once again. We must see the parallels between Pearl Harbor and the Twin Towers. We shouldn't hide behind our political beliefs nor our misguided attempts to rationalize our dissent. Our American History clearly defines our resolve and present day shall not be an exception. We, as a Nation, shall not stand cowardly towards our aggressors. Our fellow countrymen fight bravely each day and we, as a Nation, shall honorably support their efforts. I fear that if we abandon our fellow countrymen who are patriotically providing the ultimate sacrifice, we shall reap the bitter harvests that were sown.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Yes...Summer Has Come and Gone

Not much has changed since my last post. I am still unemployed and its getting tougher as the days continue to maintain a level of hope. I was close to having a job, albeit part-time, with a corporation. But miscommunication on their part has left me unemployed. Seems we can't resolve this dilemma to their liking. Notice its all "their" and I'm the one paying the consequences. And anymore, all applications are handled/created on-line. This is very frustrating since you have no clue of your status. And when someone does call...guess what? They don't leave a message. If you're like me, I don't answer a number I'm not familiar with.

What happened to the good ole days when you visited a potential employers office, handed your paperwork to a receptionist and if you got by the receptionist you were virtually guaranteed at least an interview? I guess this old dog still hasn't mastered the new tricks for todays technology based hiring process. Very frustrating...

In other news, my son broke his wrist last week playing football in gym class. He still played on though and didn't complain until after gym class. Guessing he wanted to save face in front of his classmates. Which it worked since some now have a new respect for him.

Still coaching soccer when I can in-between looking for employment. Our team this year is young and our chances of winning are pretty slim. But we are having a good time and I'm just an assistant this year, so the pressure is off me. Basketball gears up soon and I hope to be able to assist again. I do enjoy teaching these Junior High kids about the game and life. Its amazing what impact I can have in their lives. Sometimes just having a conversation with them is all it takes to fulfill their desires of acceptance. I had two parents comment last week that their child was excited by what I said to them. I don't recall what was said but if it made a difference, then its all worth it.

We took in our two nephews aged 2 and 5 over the summer. Mom is struggling with life and these boys need a chance. Yea its tough being without income to make ends meet with two extras in the house. But I'm sure God has a plan, I hope he hurries up before my sanity cracks. lol

And my 4th year was this past June 30th. I don't consider it a celebration since my postings have diminished greatly this past year.

Until next safe and always be true to yourself!

BTW...I have a FB account. Email me if your interested in friendship there.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer is Here

Well not much has changed for me. Still alive and kicking! But I noticed something today as I took a few moments to run down my Blogroll. Its pretty empty of active bloggers. Yes I add myself to that category but at least I still read you all. Right?

And yes I miss the great reads you all provide. Some I've had to track down through various resources. Some have just plain gone private. Some have just plain been MIA. I realize life takes alot of turns and twists along the way. I'm a living example.

But damn...I miss you!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

No April Fools

I had given serious thought about posting an April Fool's joke. It's only natural as it's in my blood and personality to make others laugh. But tonight I think I'll pass on the foolery as I don't post often enough for anyone new to understand my sense of humor. Tonight I'd rather reflect on a year of being unemployed.

Yes it's been over a year since I last worked for the "man". I have come to loathe the system of bullshit and how the economic situation has transformed. I remember growing up relatives whom I admired and respected telling stories of how they worked and retired after 30 years from the same company. I am old school I suppose wanting to find that one job I can retire from. But these are different times the last 20 years. Nowadays if you survive 5 years within a company you are considered an icon. Me...well I've survived a year on unemployment. Am I proud of it? Not really as I've done nothing the past year to show any gains whether monetarily or through self-accomplishment. I have survived...

I've been the whole gamit of the emotions people. One of shame to self-loathing to who the hell cares anyways. And yet I tell myself each day I file for unemployment, "This will be the week I change!" and yet I continue the endless cycle of laziness and lack of motivation. was all great being off work for awhile until the mundane routine set in. You know...the one like being at work wondering why you get paid the pennies while the "man" reaps the rewards of your labor. And yet I find satisfaction in showing the "man" I can survive.

Ironically its the "man" and the rewards of others labor that I survive. And I find it very troubling knowing this and yet I still continue the endless cycle. I accept the fact most people view me as a lazy bum. I don't dispute the fact...never have, never will. One thing I have learned is my stress levels are way down, I'm only as good as the effort I give and I really don't care what others opinions are of me. I firmly believe we spend an enormous amount of effort trying to conform to society's views on how to measure a man's worth.

Let me ask you this one question...

What have you done lately that's made your life easier?