“Ain’t nothin’ but a heartache”
Posted on July 24th, 2016 @ 7:29 pm

“‘Cause I want it that way.”

I went and saw Star Trek Beyond today. I went with my father. He wanted to see it. I wanted a reason to get out of the house. He’s pretty much my sci-fi movie buddy.

Prior to the start of the movie, we saw this Ivan and Evie Chipotle ad.  I was scared when my dad started singing the song in the ad, “I Want It That Way.” I guess all that Backstreet Boys Nicki sang over the years and listened to all these years has been ingrained into his brain.

However, this ad stood out to us. It made a bigger impact on him. As in, he never wants to see the ad again because it hit him like Up did. It’s hard for him to be a widower. Maybe I have it better off as a spinster.

I have got to stop calling myself a spinster. I just haven’t met the person yet.

As for the movie, I thought it was the best of the 3.  It seemed to be the most original story line, but I thought it favored the Voyager series the most. Jaylah reminded me of Seven of Nine. The Voyager episode “Friendship One” was in the back of my mind as I watched it. Also on the back of my mind was the U.S.S. Equinox plot.  I was just at a lost of the story line for it, other than it was a Voyager episode. There are a few other odes to Voyager in it, too.

As for my current bout of depression, I hope it will subside at the end of the week when I get my other car back.  I hate sharing cars.  You’d think buying a second car would help me out of this rut, but with the car accident Jessica had this month, I’ve been back to sharing a car.  Rumor has it that my brother’s car will be repaired by the end of the week.  I also got a few days off next month.  I’ll do something on those days, even if it’s just going to Atlanta to see the Braves.  I really need the time off.

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How can a different take on a song sound so brilliant?
Posted on June 27th, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

Say you’ll see me again even if it’s just in your wildest dreams

I really love “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift. Mainly, because I just want to be remembered. Curiosity got the best of me to take a gander listing to Ryan Adam’s cover of the song.

It’s same song. Ryan changed up just a few lyrics to match his gender. Taylor’s singing about a guy. Ryan’s singing about a gal. And yet, the change in the song works.

However, both are awesome.  You probably know Taylor’s.  I urge to listen to Ryan’s.

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Walking Down Memory Lane
Posted on June 26th, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

I will be walking one day
Down a street far away
And see a face in the crowd and smile
Knowing how you made me laugh
Hearing sweet echoes of you from the past
I will remember you.

I just never expected that street to be Abercorn St. and possibly be your face. 😆

You start to think about some things and then they snowball.  Today’s path down the yellow brick memory road took me to 1993. I think.  One summer night, my mother wanted Cracker Barrel.  What she did was ended up loading us kids into the car and driving to Lumberton, NC.  It was the nearest Cracker Barrel to us at the time.  It was 40 miles away.

Another time, which I think was in 1992.  She wanted Sonic.  There nearest Sonic to us was 28 miles away up in Sanford, NC.  Again, we all got into the car and drove to Sonic for dinner.

My mother would get on these kicks and drive us to nearby towns in NC if it had the restaurant she wanted to eat at.

Fayetteville/Spring Lake didn’t have Krystal or Captain D’s the time we lived there. When she got her new van in summer of 1993, Goldsboro, where the dealership was, had a Captain’s D.  We ate dinner there.  And yes, this was pre-Internet.  She contacted an out-of-town dealer to help her purchase and new vehicle. Goldsboro was about 60 miles from Ft. Bragg.

I also remember one trip to Carthage, NC.  We went there to see a pageant that some friends of the time were competing in.  Carthage was 40 miles from Ft. Bragg.  She didn’t care how far it was.  She wanted to go.  So, she took her 3 girls, and the neighbor girls, to this pageant. After the pageant, all of us, including the pageant people, ate at Pizza Hut.  My mother and Lisa, one of the pageant people, shared a pizza.  Lisa mentioned no one ever orders what she loved pizza wise.  My mother was willing to listen.  When Lisa said it was Hawaiian pizza, my mother was so excited because she loved it too and the rest of the family didn’t go for it.  There in the pizza place, my mom and Lisa enjoyed pizza no one else ate.

I wish there was a small town in the Savannah area that I could drive to for a dinner. Just something to relive these days.  I live about 5 miles from a Cracker Barrel, so that charm is gone.  Sonic is about a mile and half away. The closest I can think of to driving to is Ridgeland, SC.  Maybe next weekend.

Reliving these memories are making me want to get some VHSs we have at my dad’s house and convert them to video.  Maybe next weekend as well.  It’s a holiday weekend.

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“But just because it burns, doesn’t mean you’re gonna die / You gotta get up and try, and try, and try”
Posted on June 25th, 2016 @ 9:34 pm

This song may be about the hardships of love and the like, but the chorus I take as something related to depression. Some people wallow in their sadness. I admit I do it. But Lord knows I get up to try to get up and get back up.

People have been reaching out to me about this latest bout of depression and what I’m doing to get out of it. Here’s some of the items I do do:

  • I take my medication.I make sure I have people to talk to.
  • I strive to get out and do so stuff.
  • I travel.
  • I bought a second card to make sure I always had wheel.
  • I spend time on my hobbies.

Depression is something I’ve been battling for nearly 30 years now. It’s just a constant battle. There will be ebbs and there will be flows.

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“In the instant that you love someone / In the second that the hammer hits”
Posted on May 16th, 2016 @ 6:01 pm

I wish I had found The One. There is one that is forever in the back of my mind of what could have been. There is one in that used me.  There is one that hurt me. But there has never been The One that loves me and gets me.

Today is one of those days I fear there is no The One for me. I can cry about it, or I can keep enjoying life.  Today, I’m going to enjoy life.

As to how I got this way today, I think it’s the end of the year items I see.  People celebrating their children, the spouses achieving the end game goals, and seeing kids enjoying their prom at the hotel I stayed at.   It’s the fear of being unknown. As for all my friend proud of your kids and your significant others, please know I’m happy and proud of them, too.

Just had to get this off my chest.  Now back to some photo editing.

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“I’m living out the life that I’ve been given / But baby I still wish you were mine”
Posted on March 2nd, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

I found out the other day that someone that helped me after I was out of college had died. I cried. I then pull out “Missing You” by Amy Grant. I play it when I miss my mother, too. In a way, this woman did the same things my mother would have done.

Sunday night, my friend Lindsey, and I were in Greenville, SC. We went and saw Amy Grant AND Steven Curtis Chapman together in concert. In the second half of the show, Amy played the song. I cried then, too. I wasn’t expecting to hear the song.

It was a great show, seeing some songs I’d not seen before. I love the fact I heard “You’re Not Alone” from Heart in Motion.

Yesterday, I also found out Amy will be up in Aiken at the end of April.  I got some tickets and plan on taking my sister to it for her birthday.  I hope “You’re Not Alone” is played there.

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What is my job?
Posted on February 18th, 2016 @ 10:28 pm

When people ask me what my job is, it’s hard to explain it in non-technical terms. Sometimes, I explain it’s working with databases. However, sometimes, I throw out transpondster.

I was asked this question tonight. To explain it, I played this Superfriends meet Friends video. This one is so hilarious. The person that did this was a genius.

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Living West of the Savannah River
Posted on February 17th, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

For a majority of my life, I have lived within miles of the Savannah, west of it. Primary time, like it is now, is always fun.

So far, watching the 7 PM news:

Trump attacking Cruz.

Let’s not forget Cruz attacking Trump:

Because parts of SC is within the viewing areas of Augusta and Savannah, this is why I see a lot of these ads.

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“To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart.”
Posted on November 21st, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

I am in love with this song. When I read it was a love letter to a younger version of herself, I think I teared up a bit. I thought back to my time capsule from earlier this year. When I went through the time capsule, I wrote a response to a letter I wrote myself all those years ago.  A portion of the letter:

You see, I can’t help it. I am crying for you. I read your dreams and see I still have many of them 20 years later. I wonder what the hell happened to me. I had relationships that didn’t last.

However, in positive news, I do own a house. I do make nice money for myself. I got to meet Richard Marx, your favorite. I’ve been able to travel and see places you never would have thought about. I’ve flown. I’ve been on a cruise.

I have dear friends. I know you felt like you lacked that in high school. I have my small circle of friends, many I met in college. I still have friends I made in high school. Yes, you did have friends.

So, you can see how this song brings up those memories.  However, it’s still a powerful song.

And to the me in 2035:  May you finally be happy and have a Master’s Degree!

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“And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah”
Posted on October 4th, 2015 @ 6:50 pm

Based on today’s blog post and a conversation I had at the gym, this song is stuck in my head.

So, like the song asks:

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity

Fair questions and remarks.

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