What is wrong with us?
Posted on October 29th, 2017 @ 9:51 am

Imagine my disgust at this headline: George Washington’s Church Says Plaque Honoring First President Must Come Down.





“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome.”

What is wrong with our society?

Here I am at a plaque starting George Washington was here:
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I look so threatened by that plaque, don’t I? 🙄

Someone please explain to me how a plaque saying “This was George Washington’s pew” is unsafe and unwelcoming. Do you think the ghost of Washington is going to reach out and enslave your soul?

If it bothers you, YOU have the problem. Washington is long dead and gone. He’s not going to hurt you.  A plaque saying he once worshiped at this church is stating a fact. It happened and you can’t change it.

I would be LIVID if they tried to do the same thing at the Christ Church, Frederica on St. Simons Island. It’s a historical church. George Whitefield, John Wesley, and Charles Wesley ALL preached there. Savannah is home to many historical sites important to the Episcopal Church and the history of Methodism.

As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. HISTORY IS UGLY. We cannot go scrubbing it away like people feel we need to do. We lose what has brought us to where we are as a result. If we keep getting rid of things we don’t like, then when does it stop?

I think St. Augustine, FL has the right idea about their Confederate Monument and I think other places should take note.  They are keeping it.  However, they are planning to put up additional plaques to explain the monument in a historical context.  They are thinking of doing the same for the one in Savannah.  We’re not denying history in this case.  It’s being clarified.

As to why I’m passionate about this topic, it is because I could have been a history major.  I enjoy history. I had to take an ethics class in college.  I chose an ethics class in history about slavery and the abolition cause in the antebellum days leading up to the Civil War. We read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Our Nig, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. It was a very interesting class. I learned things I didn’t learn in history classes prior to this one.

Imagine if that history was taking from us?  It had been once before, hadn’t?  It wasn’t pretty.  We know it’s there.  Some one kept it alive. We should learn from our mistakes, not hide them. History is a record of our bad and good. If you hid one part, you hide where we came from and you hide what we did to turn around and no longer be that way. You aren’t required to like it, but you are required to know it happened.

Previous examples:

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It’s time for Operation Christmas Child box building & shipping.
Posted on October 23rd, 2017 @ 11:15 am

I just made my last purchases last night for my Operation Christmas Child boxes. I participated last year and wanted to do it again. This year, I’m doing 4 boxes. I did a box for a 5-9 year girl, a 5-9 year old boy, a 10-14 year boy, and a 10-14 year old girl. I’ve bought the stuff for it throughout the year. I am sending necessities, like toothbrushes and soap, but I added some fun stuff for the kids. Boys are getting Rubik’s Cubes. All get a bear. All get a cup. The older girl is getting an additional stuffed animal. The younger girl is getting a couple of dolls. The boys are also getting some tools. I ordered reusable pads for the older girl. The younger girl is getting a hairbrush set.

I basically filled the shoe boxes with as much as I can. Some of the stuff is dollar store stuff; some of it is not. I still need to sit down and write a short note for the boxes. And pick up a couple of postcards like last year!

Last year, my boxes went to Mali. I don’t know where they will go this year. I know when I get the e-mail.

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Concerts I’ve Seen
Posted on October 22nd, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

So, I decided to catalog all the concerts I have been to ever since my first one.  My first concert was to see Richard Marx in Atlanta at Chastain Park.  I’ve seen many acts, since. Links are to the photos I have on my Flickr account. I still have some more photos that I could find and scan. This post is updated as I attend more shows.

  1. Richard Marx – Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA – July 26, 1997
  2. *NSYNC – Florida Mall YM Show, Orlando, FL – May 30, 1998
  3. Richard Marx – Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, TN, – June 14, 1998
  4. Richard Marx – Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY – July 16, 1999
  5. Richard Marx – Foxwoods Casino, Ledyard, CT – July 17, 1999
  6. Jordan Knight / *NSYNC – First American Music Center, Nashville, TN – August 4, 1999
  7. Backstreet Boys – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – February 19, 2000
  8. LFO – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – May 25, 2000
  9. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – August 22, 2000
  10. Aaron Carter – Wal-Mart Tour, Pooler, GA – September 30, 2000
  11. Richard Marx – Webcast Filming, Nashville, TN – October 11, 2000
  12. BBMAK- Pleasure Island, Orlando, FL – December 16, 2000
  13. Backstreet Boys – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – January 27, 2001
  14. BBMAK / *NSYNC – Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL – May 23, 2001
  15. BBMAK / Youngstown / Nobody’s Angel – MGM Studios, Orlando, FL – June 23, 2001
  16. Richard Marx – Grand Opera House, Macon, GA – January 19, 2002
  17. Angie Aparo – The Pond House, Statesboro, GA – March 5, 2004
  18. Sara Bareilles / Maroon 5 – Armstrong Atlantic State University Fine Arts Auditorium, Savannah, GA – May 6, 2004
  19. Train – Donovan Field, Ft. Stewart, GA – June 17, 2004
  20. Kimberely Locke – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 16, 2004
  21. 3 Doors Down – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – October 31, 2005
  22. Hootie and the Blowfish – Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC – August 17, 2006
  23. Johnny Diaz / Steven Curtis Chapman – Turner Field,  Atlanta, GA – August 2, 2008
  24. Amy Grant – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City, GA – September 11, 2009
  25. Jessie James – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – October 2, 2009
  26. Montgomery Gentry – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – September 11, 2010
  27. Caleb / Steven Curtis Chapman – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – October 15, 2010
  28. Little River Band – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 16, 2010
  29. The B-52s – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – July 16, 2011
  30. .38 Special – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 15, 2011
  31. Amy Grant & Vince Gill 12 Days of Christmas – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – December 11, 2011
  32. Richard Marx – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City, GA- July 14, 2012
  33. Gin Blossoms – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 20, 2012
  34. Collective Soul – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 19, 2013
  35. Jason Gray, Laura Story, & Steven Curtis Chapman – Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, SC – November 1, 2013
  36. Tennessee Mafia Jugband – The Station Inn, Nashville, TN – August 16, 2014
  37. Richard Marx – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – October 9, 2014
  38. Blues Traveler – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 18, 2014
  39. Richard Marx – James K. Polk Theater, Nashville, TN – October 25, 2014
  40. Steven Curtis Chapman & Third Day – James Brown Arena, Augusta, GA – December 19, 2014
  41. Casting Crowns – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – June 12, 2015
  42. Joe Nichols – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 17, 2015
  43. Charlie Puth – Skype Live Studio, Portland, OR – November 5, 2015
  44. Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman – Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC – February 28, 2016
  45. Moody Blues – North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC – March 15, 2016
  46. Amy Grant, Nichole Nordeman, & Ellie Holcomb – Aiken Convocation Center, Aiken, SC – April 30, 2016
  47. Andy Grammer / Train- Volvo Car Stadium, Charleston, SC – August 17, 2016
  48. Elton John – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – September 21, 2016
  49. Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, & Jordan Smith – Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, GA – December 16, 2016
  50. Jerrod Niemann / .38 Special – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 21, 2017

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Some days, I just want to say screw it all to hell!
Posted on October 7th, 2017 @ 9:29 am

(People tell me that I feel too much)
Oh no, ’cause I don’t care; no, I just don’t care anymore
As I ride this train

It’s been a while since I last posted. So, what’s happened to me since then:

  • Went on a cruise.
  • Returned to work.
  • My aunt died.
  • I went to Missouri to help my uncle.
  • My sister adopted a kitten.
  • My sister totaled one of my cars.
  • I had to evacuate my home for the threat of Hurricane Irma.
  • We went to Nashville, TN, because it was the closest city we could get an RV park space.
  • Came home. Waiting for the next piece of shit to hit the fan.

I swear, each time I post, I’m becoming more and more cynical.

Personally, I’m sick of what’s being flung at me. When does it stop? When the bill collectors start asking for their money, I’m starting to feel like a joke when I tell them the latest on why I can’t pay them. I leave them speechless when they call.

As for the world, I want off it. Seeing good like the people of Texas helping one another while it flooded after Harvey was great. And then the NFL goes and ruins that good will by protesting the National Anthem because President Trump hurt their little feelings. Well, you know what? Screw you NFL. That attitude is what is wrong with the world. Life sucks, get over it. You aren’t the first group of people to get your feelings hurt. To take it out on the American Public like you did disgusts me. I recognize your right to your feelings. I just think you are pansies in how you expressed it.

Prior to this, it was the event in Charlottesville. That was a clusterfuck. Seems like if you stand for the Bill of Rights, you’re racist. Racist people are vile. I don’t care which race you are advocating for. The fact that you will dismiss another population due to the hatred in your heart is the problem. And just like the pansy NFL players, the racist groups like the Skinheads and Neo-Nazis are afforded a right to speak. I have to protect heir rights, because if I don’t, there goes my rights. It’s a shame we even have Skinheads and Neo-Nazis in the first place.

And now there’s the Las Vegas massacre and people thinking gun control would have stopped it. People want to make it about gun control. Newsflash – there is gun control. Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 “it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun.” He should have never had one. As for guns, I don’t like them, but I know they are needed, sadly. I always loop back around to the The Monkey’s Paw portion of the “Treehouse of Horror II” episode of The Simpsons. Lisa wishes for world peace, which is all nice and dandy until the aliens invade.

When I was in high school, a kid was murdered on campus. I walked by it, oblivious to it. I was so used to the kids at the bus ramp acting up. The next year, we had to have mesh or clear bookbags. My homeroom was discussing that rational of such bags. We came up with ways to kill people with our books, pens, and pencils. We’re weren’t psychopaths. We were just jaded high school students. We knew at age 17/18 that if you want to kill someone, laws and regulations won’t stop a person. They will find a way to kill.

Examples of massacres & attacks on the public not using guns:

I could list more, but I think those are good examples.

The truth of the matter is evil is taking over the world.  It is corrupting us. It is taking us over and causing us to fight one another.  It’s breaking us out into our inner savage beast.  It’s tearing friendships apart.  I feel like we’re turning into savages. No wonder I’m turning cynical and depressed.  I want to just say sayanora to this world I’m living in.  It’s not a very nice one.

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