Parasitic, Bloodsucking Journalism
Posted on October 27th, 2015 @ 9:47 pm

When did journalism become about exposing EVERYTHING?  Not every detail of someone’s life needs to be exploited by a reporter.  When I write this blog, it’s for me to share ideas and opinions with friends.  It’s not for a journalist to snatch quotes and write up an article if something traumatic happened to me.  If people find this, they find this.  Never hurts to make new friends.  However, the vultures are NOT wanted to use this blog as their way to pad a story.

What prompted me to write this entry is an article that came out today related to horrible news I heard yesterday.  The article had more details on this tragedy.  As my friends and I were reading this article, we noticed paragraph upon paragraph related to items on Facebook.  These items were publicly posted, so I know some “journalists” are going to say that’s these items were fair game to use in the article. If we don’t want it posted publicly, we should restrict it.

What about the impact of the family and friends?  We were disgusted that the journalist basically sought information on Facebook and broadcasted it to the world.  The information, thank God, wasn’t as horrible as it could be, but it was tasteless to add to the article.

But in other discussions about this story, we noticed that one article had a tasteless stock photo as the header photos.  Another story, posted yesterday, contained a tasteless remark in the URL.  The one posted yesterday was fixed, but readers had to call off on the paper staff about the tasteless link.

Overall, it’s sad that “journalists” are too focus on the if it bleeds, it leads, to stop and realize that those in this tragic situations are humans.  We need to show some compassion.

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Highs and Lows
Posted on October 26th, 2015 @ 5:53 pm

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

I’ve had some highs and lows since Friday after work.

I was in Augusta over the weekend. I was invited up there to go to a photography class. I also spent time with my second parents. They were involved in Scouting when I was a Junior Scout and have been family friends, since.  I was exposed for my first time to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.  I did some other stuff with them as well.  It was a much needed break from life.  I’ll be back to Augusta, soon.  Nancy sees it’s in my future to volunteer there again.

This morning, I woke up to some unexpected news.  Both stories were on the different end of the spectrum.  I was woken up being begged to go on an impromptu trip to Portland, OR.  I’m looking forward to that.

And then, I heard some the worst news I have ever heard.  I am not going into details. However, people, please hug and call your loved ones. Make sure they are well taken care of.  Do the same for your friends, too. Do not let depression win.

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Back to the Future Day
Posted on October 21st, 2015 @ 5:54 pm

Everyone is celebrating it. And yes, I got a taste of it, I guess.

I got the following e-mail today:

An odd e-mail

So today is October 21, 2015. This e-mail was for a product that shipped May 15, 2012.  Let’s do the math.  That’s 3 years, 5 months since this order was shipped.  I was still living in Atlanta.

As I write this post, I just got a letter explaining as to why I got this letter.  Due to this error, I have a 30% coupon for my next purchase.

One thing I learned in college working for my degree is that some times, information packets get lost.  I thought maybe this e-mail was really from 2012 and the packets finally found their way home to each other. 😆

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The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival
Posted on October 18th, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

Last night was the annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in neighboring Richmond Hill, GA. I’ve been going to since since 2010. I went once before in 2004. Last night was Joe Nichols in concert. I didn’t really want to go, but I did and enjoyed the night.

And, since I haven’t done this in a while, here’s some Unconscious Mutterings, week 663:

  1. Walmart :: I’m broke
  2. Submarine :: Yellow
  3. Cub :: Mets
  4. Department :: Store
  5. Back :: Here Baby
  6. Third :: Base
  7. Straight :: Laced
  8. Sofa:: Bed
  9. Editor :: Proofreader
  10. Typing :: Poorly

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St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake & Baseball Ramblings
Posted on October 17th, 2015 @ 1:07 pm

Back when Nicki and I went to Missouri on vacation in 2010, one thing we were exposed to was St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. Stasha, our friend out there, decide we had to get to know what St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake was. We had never heard of it. She took us to the near by local bakery and we loved it.

Every since then, when I want some, I get the stuff sold at Walgreens and the Parker’s gas station. One time, at Walgreens, my checkout lady remarked that they usually sold out of the stuff based on one regular customer that bought it. It was something she didn’t understand.

Nicki was craving some this week. She found a recipe to make it.

St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake

Now, Nicki did the recipe a little differently.  She accidentally added an extra egg into the gooey layer.  As a result, she ended up adding extra cream cheese to it.  Just as well. It was good.  I really shouldn’t have eaten it, but This is some of the best cake I have ever had.

So since I’m speaking of Missouri, let me just say that at the moment, in the ALCS, I’m rooting for the Kansas City Royals.  I’ve seen the team, twice, at their home stadium. I actually like the city.  If I had to ever leave Savannah, the Kansas City metro area would be high on that list.

My family, however, are rooting for the Cubs.  Why?  Multiple reasons.  The 107-year drought.  The Back to the Future II prediction. As I was talking to my dad about the MLB playoffs, I realized that none of my grandparents saw the Cubs as a World Series winner. My mother never saw them as winners.  Now isn’t that something?

I just know which ever team that wins the World Series this year, I’ll be cool with it.  At least it won’t be the Yankees, Cardinals, Red Sox, nor Giants.  I was getting sick of seeing them win for the past 20 or so years.

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Moved to a new domain –
Posted on October 15th, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

I just decided it was time to get a new domain.  My old domain name points here, so if you have it, you’re good.   I’m not getting rid of it. However, the new domain allows me to be a little more open to adding additional projects.

The new domain is

So far, for new projects, I have moved over my Richard Marx discography to it.

I also developed a new site design.  This one goes with the domain.

Now, to find all my old domain links in this blog and convert them to the new domain.

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Pardon the Progress
Posted on October 14th, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

I’m in the middle of redesigning my site to match the new domain name.

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Biscuit Kitchen Closed
Posted on October 13th, 2015 @ 9:48 pm

I woke up this morning to see that Fayetteville, NC’s own Biscuit Kitchen has been closed due to tax issues.  For the most part, I have good memories of the place.

When we moved to NC all those years ago, there was also a location in Spring Lake.  We loved it, but there there was a health scare at the location.  It was the big story at the time.  It took a while for my family to return.

However, when we had it, it was good.  Those square biscuits were fluffy and buttery.  The wrappers were was and I think it helps with sealing in the flavor.

My last memory of the place was at the now closed Grove St. location.  My grandmother has a stroke, and my mother was taking her to the VA clinic for follow-up tests. I was old enough to visit the VA clinic, so my mother had me assist her with my grandmother. After the appointment, my mother took us to Biscuit Kitchen since it was cheap and had plenty of menu items my grandmother would eat.  I don’t remember much about that, expect where we ate.

So yes, seeing a place like this close does hurt.  I hope they can recover in time to open up again.

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Feeling like I’m back in high school again.
Posted on October 9th, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

Warrior Spirit

Tonight is the homecoming game for my high school.  Several of my classmates are there having tail gating party.  I am not there because I can’t afford to go.

Some things never change.  However, I’m not really mad about it.  Back then, it was because my family couldn’t afford it.  Money was tight. I was depressed, and those two led to a combination of one terrible time in my life.  This time, it’s because I’m in a temporary situation with my finances and choosing to help my family.   What I felt I needed in high school to be cool and likes are not the same that I need now.

Besides, while it would probably be fun, at the same time, knowing the type of person I am, I’d probably be the wallflower again.  I haven’t seen many of these people in years.  I am not the same I was in high school.

I’m not posting this as a pity post.  This is more about looking inward and seeing a difference all those years have done.

By the way, GO WARRIORS!

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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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