Knee-Deep in June

For awhile, I was trying to make some extra cash by buying books at yard sales and then selling them on eBay, half.com, or amazon.com. I just ran across an old box of books and found a book called Riley Farm-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley. It was originally written in 1883, though this particular edition was printed in 1901. On the dedication page, it says “Inscribed with all grateful esteem to the good old-fashioned people.”

It’s actually a book of poems. I could be jeopardizing my Man Card by doing this, but I’m going to share part of one of the poems with you. It has 8 (verses?). But I like the first one, because I can identify with the laziness it expresses. Here you go:

KNEE-DEEP IN JUNE

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Tell you what I like the best–

‘Long about knee-deep in June,

‘Bout the time strawberries melts

On the vine,–some afternoon

Likes to jes’ git out and rest,

And not work at nothin’ else!

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Million Blog March

Thanks John

Casey Kasem says: “Coming in at #1214 on the Million Blog List, it’s the legendary Dad in the Headlights”

Okay, so this is not actually a ranking. It’s a project where someone is trying to find out how long it will take to get 1 million blogs listed. It’s probably just a thinly veiled attempt to generate lots of traffic and pick up ad revenue. Oh well…it’s still kind of fun to be listed. Check it out if you want to be a part of the fun and games.


Go Ahead, Tell Me Where to Go

Everyone else is doing it, so guess I will too. Here’s where it says I should live:

 


You Should Live in a Small City


You are definitely an urban person, but not any old city will do.You want a city that matches you well. For you, big cities lack individuality.You prefer a smaller city with lots of personality, local culture, and history.

 

 Here’s where I actually live:


You Should Live in the Country


You are laid back, calm, and good at entertaining yourself.You don’t need an expensive big city to keep you busy.

You’ll take the peaceful life over the stressful life any day of the week.

I’m Back!

No folks, I’m not dead. I was on vacation last week. Then when I got home, my router was DOA. We were too busy catching up on ranch chores Sunday to go pick up a new one. So it was not until last night that I was able to work on getting the new one installed. The box said it would take 3 minutes to install. 2 hours later, I was up and running again.

It really sucks to be offline. I probably thought of something at least hourly (or maybe minutely) that I wanted to look up online, but couldn’t.

Anyway, I’m back. Hopefully you can look forward to something worth reading on a regular basis again. Nah, don’t hold your breath.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

I was reading through the Portland newspaper yesterday. When I got to the weather, here is the forecast I found for our week here:

  • Sunday: Rain
  • Monday: A little rain
  • Tuesday: A little rain
  • Wednesday: Rain
  • Thursday: Rain possible
  • Friday: Showers around
  • Saturday: A few showers

It’s spring in Portland, Oregon and it’s going to rain every day? Inconceivable.

Where am I Anyway?

I mentioned that I am on vacation in Portland, Oregon this week. Well, that not quite correct. I’m actually in Vancouver, Washington. The people of Vancouver probably don’t like that I am saying Portland. However, it’s just easier than trying to explain where Vancouver is. Plus, if it weren’t for the Columbia River, this would be Portland. So there.

However, this got me thinking about all the places I’ve lived that have an identity crisis. I’m afraid it’s running rampant. Let’s take a look at them:

  • I was born in Lebanon–no, not the Middle Eastern country: Lebanon, Oregon
  • I then moved to Ontario–no, not California or Canada: Ontario, Oregon
  • My wife is from Vancouver–no, not Canada: Vancouver, Washington

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Well, I’ve doing this crazy blogging thing for almost 4 months now. It was an early New Year’s resolution that I have actually kept. I am really enjoying it. I have met new friends and become more connected with existing friends. There is also something very rewarding about taking the time to put together a good post and watching the numbers come in. There’s just something kind of cool about somehow impacting where web surfing traffic goes. Anyway, I was taking a moment to reflect and wanted to share with you my top 10 posts as well as the lonely 10 that barely received a glance.

 First off, here are your 10 favorite posts all time. If you have missed out on some of these, now is your chance to catch up.

  1. About   59
  2. Am I Deaf?   43

Ah yes, and the shameful 10. Perhaps there’s a gem in there that most everyone missed. Most likely though, they just suck and you’ll waste your time reading them. Your choice.

Most of my personal favorites appear in the top 10 list. However, a couple did not:

Her Place Is in the Kitchen

I Want To Be Mr. Potato Head