Merry Christmas

Hey Y’all—Just a Merry Christmas to you from all of us down here in S. Texas.

Merry Christmas everyone

Merry Christmas everyone

We love big and shiny things but mostly we love time with family, friends, food and drink. We don’t care much about gifts but they are helpful to endear you to me.

Everyone, please have a happy, healthy, and safe Christmas!

Merry Christmas from John, Ann, Critter, Cujo, and Bailey



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The things that idiots do. Okay..I admit that I have done some dumb things in my day. I have taken unnecessary chances that could have led to my death or some bad injury but this..I’ve never done that. Surfing, or attempting to surf with those strong waves is not only dumb…it can kill the people who have to try to rescue you.

This is the ultimate definition of selfishness. These surfers think that they are only hurting themselves but the truth is that they are putting the lives of their rescuers at risk as well.

Wow…when did I become an old man? Oh..and get off of my lawn!


That word sold me. Although I have long said that I would have few qualms about supporting John McCain previously, I have to say that this guy accepting his party’s bid this week is not the same John McCain I have admired in the past.

He has gone from maverick to panderer; from a man we could respect to a man who picks a woman with a special needs child to one up Obama’s claim of being the first African-American selected by a major party to run for office. Is this what our politics have become, who can be the more politically correct? Who can be the more disadvantaged?

Since everyone has to bite their tongue, I’ll say it for everyone. She’s a branch off of the white trash tree. I mean how much more like the RoseAnn character in the 80’s-90’s sitcom does someone’s family have to be before we can acknowledge who they really are?

So with that…I have to say that I have no choice but to support Barack Obama for President.

The Jedi Obama

The Jedi Obama

Do I agree entirely with his platform? No I don’t. Do I think this nation would be headed in a better direction under his guidance than McCain’s? I have no doubt.

Idon’t avoid white elephants in the room and I’ll just say this and get it out of the way too. I don’t trust the evangelical right. Any group of people who mold their belief system in order to accomodate their lifestyle is not a true follower of Christ.

Yet these are the same people that McCain called out in 2000 and these are the same people he is pandering to today. I supported him because he did not like their ways and now he has done the ultimate flip-flop in embracing them and giving them a radical right-winger who supported the seccession of Alaska.

As someone who has long purported that Texas could be its own nation, I would never advocate secession, except in jest, but this shows the out-there mentality of his pick to secede him. In my opinion, Sarah Palin is a scary and probably mean-spirited person who would make Hillary look like a court-jester.

And those are the main reasons why I am supporting Barack Obama.

If a spammer needs a reliable image hoster–Picoodle

For the past week, I and a friend, have been trying to reach someone, anyone at image hosting site Picoodle and surprise…no one ever replies and they do tell you that it may take them 3 weeks to reply to any inquiry.

So with that attitude, I think it’s safe to say that if you’re a malware purveyor or spammer, this is a great site to post your stuff. If it does take them three weeks to remove a post, think of all the infected/conned people you can generate.

For reference, Picoodle is part of Funky Llama Productions. Funky Llama has many sites and is one of the companies responsible for many MySpace layouts. They no doubt provide Picoodle to help MySpacers with their image hosting needs which isn’t a bad thing.

However, the number of spam posters on Craigslist and other major board sites whose images are tied to Picoodle are no greater than the number that come from Flickr, ImageBucket, and other image hosting sites. Picoodle’s advantage to spammers is how slow they are to act to remove spam images.

So spammer, malware purveyor, and other ne’er do’wells…if you want to have your images hosted and not removed for at least a month, I suggest you try Picoodle. They don’t seem to want to remove anything.

I have spent the last 10 years devoted to fighting people who abuse the internet for their own personal gain. I cannot stand people who protect them.

Weekend #2 without baseball

Tony tags the Giants runner but the umpire calls him safe

Tony tags the Giants runner but the umpire calls him safe

Wow..this withdrawal thing is pretty weird. I’m not sure what to do with my weekends anymore since our season ended, albeit dismally, with a late inning loss to the first place team in our league. I guess it’s like being back in school in a way. Yes..I like playing but I also like the commaradery. The teamwork.

Ken scores the first run of the SAMSBL 35+ Nationals 2008 season

Ken scores the first run of the SAMSBL 35+ Nationals 2008 season

The seasons fly by like school years. It seems like it was yesterday, it was a cold January morning and we’re out there bundled up trying to pretend it’s not cold when it’s 38.

Aldo warms up before practice

Aldo warms up before practice

Some of the guys on this team are moving up next year to play with the 45+ guys, and I’m staying with the 35+ guys because I’m not 100% sure I’m ready to move up just yet. I still have things that I want to prove to myself. In fact…if I could find a good trainer..I’d like to try 18+ and see if I can still hang with the big fish. Speedwise…that may be a problem. Patience-wise..I got them beat.

You really need to click on the top photo of the running sliding and see it in its original size. It’s pretty cool.