Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Let It Snow!

Its coming. Here in my part of the mountain of Geezerville, it is forecasted to snow, finally. We have'nt had much snow where I live. That last time we had so much of a snow, was in 2003. Yeah, The blizzard of 2003. Man, it was cold and dangerous. Thankfully we did'nt lose any power at our house like many thousands have in our region of the woods. I had to take the day off because of the storm. Buddy it was scary too. I think the last time we had such a thing in my hometown was when I was about, oh somewhere in my teens. That is my lower teens. I have a picture of the snow in the back yard where we lived. It was ten inches deep. Deeper in other areas. When I was that young, I was excited about it. Now I get a little shook up when it happens. Either I lose some work and get a short pay in my check or I end up working out in it when it suddenly happens beyond my control. I am a good driver, I have experience in the snow. But it is still scary sometimes. I am sure many of you have the same feeling about this. Anyone?

Saturday, December 23, 2006

John's Memories Of Christmas

Speaking of Christmas trees. I remember when I was little. We had a silver tinsel tree with a color wheel. I use to love to lay in the floor cloe to the tree and watch the tree change colors. It some how was magical to me. We used that tree for many years. Until one day, someone said hey lets get a live tree. So we got a spruce. One word of caution. If you decide to by a live tree with the dirt and roots still intact. And you decide to plant it in your yard. don't plant it too close to your house. Those things grow man. We lived in a two story house. And that thing grew taller than the house. Had it for years until Dad decided to cut it down. It was getting dangerously big. But, I can still remember that color wheel and silver tree to this day. Merry Christmas everybody.

Christmas Memories

Well, my memories go something like this:

Christmas was a big deal for my sister and me. Our family went all out for family memories, like when we shopped for Christmas trees, we always had to have a live tree and Dad had to see how low he could talk the salesman into dropping the price. We would put on some Christmas music and all decorate the tree. We had very old ornaments and a lot of home-made ones. We were able to open just one present on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas morning, we had to wait until Mom and Dad got out of bed before we could go into the living room because Dad always wanted to "see" our reaction and take pictures. Then for lunch, we would drive to my maternal grandmother's house and then for dinner, our paternal grandmother's house.

Christmas Memories #1

I don't know if it's the Judas Priest and Motley Crue playing on my iTunes playlist but I'm feeling fairly nostalgic this afternoon. I guess part of it may be due to Christmas being so close. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and am so far removed from childhood that I can barely remember the excitement that I must've felt as that magical night got closer. Here I am, creeping up on 40, threatening my kids if they don't get their room cleaned up. How well would that have gone over with me when I was 10?

I do remember sitting around on Christmas Eve waiting for my aunt, uncle, and cousins to show up so we could open our presents. That sucked. We were always allowed to open one present before they got there. That made it okay...I guess. My Mom always cooked chicken & rice and fried cornbread. There was always a commotion at the beer joint across the street. My brother and I never wanted to go to sleep either. By the time the cousins had gone home it was well after 11:00 and the adrenaline had kicked it up a notch. I could never understand why my folks were so ready for us to crash.

Now...as I think about what awaits me tomorrow night...I can only laugh. I have three kids and I tried to keep "some assmebly required" down to a bare minimum this year. Those 2 AM fights with instruction booklets never end on a positive note...NEVER.

Anyone out there have similar thoughts?

Where Have We Been?

Well...I guess that's a good question isn't it? I have been trudging along trying to finish my degree. I've also been serving as a husband, a father, and a youth minister.

This thing never got off the ground the way I wanted it to and most of the members have gone on to different things. I think I may start posting in here again...just to see how long I can keep it going. I have enough things going on that I should be able to find things to write about.

Anyways...if you've been wondering what happened...now you know.

We're back...well...I'm back.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What?! Cataracts? Oh, man

Yeah, got cataracts in my eyes. Well, actually in one eye, my left one. Had the durgery on my right last monday on the 21 of November. Get my other done the 5th of December. That's 3 days after my B' day. What a way to celebrate my birthday, getting new eyes. Check this out, I am a recipient of a new kind of lens called Restore. Yep, doin' away with those dreadful glasses. Hmm, now I won't know how to act without them. What with the constant pushing them up my nose when they scoot down. Heh, I probably still be doing it after I get rid of them. Funny how some habits are hard to break after having doing them for so long.Anyway, That much has happened since my last posting.

Thanksgiving and Christmas on our heels now. Get ready or you will get ran over without warning. How people get kind of crazy around this season. I heard today that Walmart employees will get fired for saying Merry Christmas to the customers. They must say Happy Holidays instead. Lest be fired. Hmm? Yeah, political correctness. PTPPTP! Well, know what I say? Hey, Merry Christmas to Walmart. If the employees can't say it, hmm, I'll be glad to say it for them. When they say to me, "Happy Holidays", I'll say, "Yeah, Merry Christnas to you too." what think ye?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Whats Up?

Whats Up y'all!
Huzzah, Whats up. Thought I would come in here and say. Hey! I been feeling good. What about Y'all? Huh? heh heh

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Well

I guess my original plan for Geezerville, USA didn't work out quite the way I had hoped. I take most of the blame on myself. I envisioned this as one of those really cool blogs that people would be talking about at the water cooler the next day. The Thinklings are doing what I had hoped would happen here.

But the CGR Blogs didn't vanish like we expected and I have pretty much focused on that one. The other thing is that I don't know how interesting my thoughts really are. I don't know that I have anything really deep or meaningful to say.

But here we are. What shall we do? What say ye Geezers?

Friday, June 03, 2005

One Step Closer To Death

Well....I turned 35 yesterday. Even as I look at the number here on my screen, it seems foreign. 35 is the age of REAL adults. People who have nothing in common with me. Yet, I look at my now-expired driver's license and see that I have become one of them. There are, however, plenty of people who never made it this far. Many of them, as you will soon see, did some really interesting things. What have I done?

Here are few people that I've outlived (or at least tied):

Stevie Ray Vaughn
Andy Kaufman
W.A. Mozart
Layne Staley
Elliott Smith
Dana Plato
Jesse James
Jeffrey Dahmer
Sylvia Plath
Andy Gibb
Patsy Cline
Bon Scott
Chris Farley
Sam Cooke
John Belushi
Keith Moon
Bruce Lee
Brandon Lee
Bill Hicks
Brian Epstein
Cass Elliot
John Bonham
Karen Carpenter
Davey Allison
Alexander The Great
Rudoph Valentino
Nero
Easy-E
Tupac Shakur
Notorious B.I.G.
Hank Williams
Ronnie VanZant
Marc Bolan
The Big Bopper
Richie Valens
Buddy Holly
Otis Redding
Gram Parsons
Nick Drake
Jim Morrison
Janis Joplin
Robert Johnson
Brian Jones
Jimi Hendrix
Peter Ham
Kurt Cobain

Why must I be so morbid?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Live 8

THIS looks like an awesome thing. Too bad I can't make the London show.

I'm watching the Live Aid DVDs. Which song do you all think was the best....Band Aid's or USA For Africa's? I think I like the first one....it has Bono on it. The second one has Huey Lewis....no comparison.