Showing posts from 2009

New beginnings, new resolve, new year

So many of my peers are nay-saying New Year's resolutions this year. The main reason seems to be that no one (meaning themselves) ever keeps them.

I rather see New Year's Resolutions as opportunities to improve yourself over the previous year. New Year's represents a time of reflection and also the building of new dreams and new ideals. The New Year also gives rise to a new resolve to push yourself harder and achieve bigger things. Now what is wrong with that?

I traditionally post my New Year's resolutions here on my blog. Even though I abhor the idea of traditions from years of ministry abuse, I rather like this one, and I am going to keep it.

It is now my privilege to present my New Year's Resolutions for 2010. Whether you are inspired by these or choose to mock them, here they are:
Lose weight and feel better. I realize this one is a repeat from the last several years, but I still want to go for it. Run in the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston this year. Why not…

Perspectives from 2009

In many ways, oh-nine was a disaster. I began the year with a massive layoff from the greatest job I have had in a long time. Lived off of unemployment for about 2 weeks, then landed what I thought was going to be a great job at wholesale computer distributor. I miscalculated that one. It was like working for the devil himself.

The month of June was a job-hopping nightmare, and we have been playing financial catch up since. Christmas for the kids was minimal, but they all seemed to enjoy it.

On the positive side, we moved into a new home with a lot more space (and a leaky roof we have recently discovered...wait, this was supposed to be positive). Tracy and I have both come out much better on the job situation. I am actually working for myself for the first time since 1995. I have one client who gives me at least 40 hours a week worth of work to do. Anything on top of that is a bonus. I am close to adding one more client, and my business has expanded from IT Consulting into both Corporat…

A Personal Tribute

My generation has lived through at least three major wars. However, this is the first time one has hit so close to home. One of my dearest childhood friends, Chris "Peeley" Neeley (far right in the photo) has been summoned to one year of duty in Afghanistan. Peeley has a wonderful wife and is a father of two as well as a Public Relations expert. He is serving in our National Guard and will be putting his PR skills to work in Afghanistan for 12 months.

I have known Peeley for nearly a quarter of a century. If I were asked to describe him in one word, it would have to be "solid." He has built a wonderful career in Government Relations and has built a solid, happy family. He is also a solid friend, always willing to help a friend or even a total stranger.

From running for Student Council President in middle school, to the Airport High School band, to the Carolina Band to The SC Silver Elephant Club to breakfast this morning at Lizard's Thicket, I have always been ab…

Too Blessed to be Stressed

Today I overheard a comment that I seem to be hearing more and more. A fellow was talking about how much money he had made and about a new vehicle and then made this statement: "God has really blessed me."

At what point did having money and expensive toys become equated with God's blessings? If having money and stuff means God is blessing, than my household is cursed. I have been laid off twice this year, I am always late with the rent, I am driving the same Chevy S-10 that I have been driving since 2001, and if we're lucky, we might be able to buy a small gift for each of our children for Christmas this year. No, sirree, God has truly NOT blessed this house.

Do you see my point? I have friends who serve overseas as missionaries. One does not enter the mission field with hopes of financial prosperity and monetary "blessings." A blessing for them is to have food to eat for the day, and to make it home each day without being killed, raped, or tortured. Is it ou…

Retro Review: The Wrestler

Regular readers of my blog will recall that I seldom get out to see movies when they are brand new and in theaters. It's not that I have little or no social life (well, perhaps that too), but I am appalled at movie prices, particularly the cost of Milk Duds. Typically, I wait for the flick to hit DVD or HBO. Such is the case of my latest Retro Review of Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.

Right away I was drawn into the simplicity of the story. Mickey Rourke plays Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a superstar wrestler from the 80s. The story begins 20 years later, in the present day, where The Ram is no longer the headliner he once was, but continues to work local and independent wrestling shows. The Wrestler portrays these indy shows with great accuracy. From my own wrestling experience, I felt right at home in the story line. A bunch of no-name wrestlers, all changing in the same room (usually a conference or storage room, depending on the venue), going over who is wrestling who an…

Thanksgiving Eve Oh Nine

This is the time each year where I pause and offer thanks. I have many things to be thankful for. Family, friends, work, rekindled passions and dreams, and many possibilities ahead.

As I ponder the seemingly infinite number of things I am grateful for, I feel led to look back. It seems the older I get, the more I appreciate my memories. There was a time when I despised Thanksgiving. It seemed that every year someone (usually my father) would get drunk and cause trouble. Or someone would be offended by something someone else did or said or didn't do or say, and arguments would abound. Now that I am older, I realize that these things didn't happen as often as they seemed to, and there are some things that I really miss from Thanksgiving past.

I miss the smell of my Grandma and Grandpa Redders' house on Thanksgiving. My grandma was a genius in the kitchen. She cooked and baked mostly from scratch, and sometimes I would be privileged to help or at least watch her in action. She …

Fall Back and Enjoy!

Autumn is my favorite time of year. Aside from South Carolina's fickle weather, I enjoy this time of year very much.

I love our home in Leesville. If we haven't had you over yet, have no fear. We are planning a gathering for the Carolina-Clemson game, and possibly a Christmas gathering. You are invited as soon as we hammer out the details. It is so gorgeous out here. The occasional smell of processed poultry is the only negative thing about being here.

Work is going great. Back in June, I started my own IT Consulting/PC Repair business, and it is finally taking shape. I have one client for whom I work 40 or so hours a week doing various Database Management and whatever else they ask of me. I am about to add another client who I will do monthly DBM for, and my business has branched out into Corporate Freelance Writing. New website is up and running, and it, like me, is a continual work in progress.

On the Freelance Writing front, I am still writing for RUSE the magazine and am abo…

Todd's Box O' Joy

I had one of many conversations with James last night at what we have affectionately dubbed, "The Satellite Office." I could tell you where it is, but then we'd have to eliminate you, or, we would simply make you buy a round.

The conversation was about an article in Esquire where the writer lists 25 things that give him joy and then something about putting them all in a box. I did not actually read said article, you see. I prefer GQ or Men's Health over Esquire. The discussion began to actually churn my creative and grateful juices, but after our discussion, it was time to leave, as we had once again closed the Satellite Office with a few other stragglers.

This morning I read a nice post by my buddy Alan about some of his favorite things. After reading his list, I felt inspired to put down a few items of my own that give me great joy. After a brutal summer and 3 weeks of unemployment, it has been such a relief to be working again, and not having to panic about lack of …

Perspective...Through the Years

I have run across some old photos in the last few weeks. It has been interesting to note the changes as well as recall the history behind each photo. Each photo is also representative of what I did NOT know at the time each photo was taken. For example...

In the 1968 photo, my whole life journey was just beginning. I was acclimating to life in a very big world. I didn't know how to walk, talk, read, write, feed myself, and, I was not..., er, housebroken. So many experiences awaited me. I didn't know what going to school would be like. I had yet to experience the joy of making friends.

In the 1982 photo, I knew what going to elementary and middle school was like. I had experienced it. When this photo was taken, I was in the 8th grade. I had the experience of making friends. One friendship in particular would become a lifelong one that defines us both. I had experienced the divorce of my parents by this time. What I had yet to experience was high school. If memory serves, I was ac…

Tuesday Technology Rant

Technology is my life. I love the stuff. I love being engaged in conversations with my fellow tech heads about RAM, Motherboards, HDMI, URL, TCP/IP, Warp Speed, and new ways to brew coffee. What I love most about technology is that most of it is the result of forward thinking. When stuff becomes obsolete right after I buy it (like my Blackberry), I give a hearty "HOO-AH" to the Technology world. It is always moving forward, with one notable exception.

There is one particular facet of Technology that refuses to get better with age. In fact, it only gets worse. I am referring to Voicemail Greetings.

Remember when the answering machine first came out? Well, I do, and no, I am not old, despite the fact that my children laugh at me when I say, "When I was a kid..." Hey, I can't help the fact that we only had one rotary dial phone in the kitchen which we would fight to answer. I didn't even own a cell phone before age 25, and most of my brood got cell phones before…

Autumn Reflections

According to the calendar, summer is officially over. According to the SC calendar, summer will probably linger for a few more weeks.

I am not sure what it is, exactly, but deep down in my innermost being, I feel that there is spirit of freshness breaking forth. I am at a loss to describe it any other way. I just feel that good things are around the corner, and that positive changes are coming.

My favorite time of year is Autumn. I love the coolness of the morning and the warm evenings. I love the way the leaves change color and the gnat population begins to dwindle. When the leaves wither, dry up and fall to the ground, it means that the tree is discarding the old in order to make room for the new.

Again, I don't know why I feel so hopeful right now. I just do. In reality, things have been tough in my household since June. Money has been scarce, and jobs that pay well have not availed themselves to me. My family is stressed. I am stressed.

Yet there is hope. For the first time in man…

An Apology and Thoughts on Regurgitation

Dear Faithful Readers of my humble blog,

I want to offer an apology for going off the other day on Congressman Joe Wilson and SC Politics as a whole. I am just a very passionate person, and sometimes leap from my heart before I use my head.

Two very wise people in my life, Anastasia Chernoff and Dr. Fredric Mau, have both told me that people make decisions based on the information that they have at the time. In other words, they act, react, speak, and think based on their own knowledge. I am one of those people, too. If I keep that thought in my mind, I tend to be more relaxed in my delivery, and I am also less inclined to bear my claws and attack.

Politics and religion are very impassioned and volatile subjects. Especially nowadays. We want our government and our churches to do the right things, and then we fight tooth and nail against it when they do. I don't know how to fix this, other than just to admit that I can't, and just have conversations with people.

I'm home today.…

Et Tu, Joe?

In all my years in SC, whether I was right, left, or moderate, I have always supported Joe Wilson. I have met him in person several times. Sat at his table during a church luncheon one time. He is a true gentleman and statesman. If one of his constituents asks for help, he helps, and he does it quickly. He has been a true servant of SC for many years now. Joe, the politician. Joe, the servant of SC. Joe, the gentle giant.

Joe the HECKLER??? In a million years, I never would have seen that coming. He may as well have stood up and said, "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"

I am not a political expert like Tim Russert or people like him. But I'm not an idiot either. What exactly is every one's beef with President Obama? As far as I can tell, he has done everything he promised he would do. For years, people have pushed for Health care Reform in this country. He is taking action. Not just words, but real action. The President articulated his vision for America during his campaign …

Officially Published

I can now introduce myself as a Professional Freelance Writer. A boyhood dream of mine.

The Labor Day Paradox

The logic of the world continues to baffle me. The way that we just accept the things that we were taught and then pass these things on to our offspring without question raises a profound question: "Why?"

For example, to quote a witty observation, "Why do we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?" It is a comical question, but to cynics like myself, it begs explanation. Logically, we should drive on a driveway and park on a parkway. That makes more sense to me. But they (the anonymous people who make this crap up) won't change it (whoever THEY are).

Another idiotic idiom we don't stop to ponder: Why do we say we are getting ON an airplane? I love to fly, but I am not getting on an airplane even if the flight were free of charge. I will, however, get IN the airplane. It seems to be much safer, and there may even be an in-flight movie to boot. To their credit (the THEY people again), it is not called an "ON-flight movie." Otherwise, I would have t…

Dazed, Disillusioned, and Dehydrated

There is no reason why today's post is titled as it is. Other than it may reflect my mood at the moment. I have not been sleeping well and life has thrown a few curve balls of late. For some reason, I am drinking water like it's going out of style lately. Is it possible to be a "Waterholic?"

I would like for someone to point out to me the exact point where I screwed up my life. I cannot seem to recall a singular instance. I must've done SOMETHING to bring all of this calamity onto myself and my family.

Any takers? Shrinks? Fundamentalist right-wingers?

Take your best shot.

The Monthly "Remember Me?" Post

It troubles me that I don't blog as much as I once did. I rather enjoy blogging...especially when I have something to say. I recall when I first started blogging, I would have a lot of time on my hands, but struggled for content. Now I have a lot of things I would like to blog about, but little time for blogging. For now, I will begin with an update of the goings on.

The Kirks moved back to SC. We dined with them at Chez Vick this past weekend. I am so excited to have my "brother" and his precious wife and daughter close by, though I will really miss my trips to Seattle. Could always bunk in at Das Ritterhaus...Since June 1st, I have had 3 jobs, and now I am back where I started. So far so good.As of today, I have finished my first of 12 MBA classes. One down, 11 to go (maybe less). It is exciting to think that as the Baby Boomers begin to retire en masse, there will be positions open and maybe a place for me and my MBA to go. Then again, it would be ok with me to ju…

Gone Too Soon, Staying Too Long, Gone Too Far

I have so much running in my head right now, I don't know where to start. I am a flood of emotions this week. I know I am far from being alone in this regard. Something out of character happened to me 30 minutes ago. I wept...hard. I just broke, man. It all came out. All the emotions of the past week came pouring out in a river of sorrow and joy. I will list the events and briefly comment on each. I seem to work well off of lists. Lets me begin with last Friday and work to today. The longest 7 day stretch I remember ever having.

Friday, June 19:
I received a call from Mom telling me that one of my youth minister friends from the Chapel of Rejection was arrested due to allegations from 5 boys in his youth group of misconduct. He is a dear friend of mine and Tracy's. When I was on staff there, he and I would crack each other up at every staff gathering or meeting. My kids all spent the night at he and his wife's home for lock-ins. Thankfully, they had nothing nega…

Movie Review: Star Trek (with Trekker commentary)

I finally saw the new Trek film with my wife yesterday, and like the Klingon warbirds in the KobayashiMaru, I was totally blown away! It may very well be, in my opinion, the best Trek film in a long time.

You see, dear reader, I am a Trekker. Not to be confused with "Trekkie," which is used to describe weird Trekkers. I literally cannot remember a time when Star Trek was not a part of my life. I have been watching the series since I was 5 years old. I have chronologically packaged my life around Star Trek. For Example, when Star Trek IV came out, I was a senior in high school. My son was born just before Star Trek: Generations. And so on and so forth. See? Trekker.

To my embarrassment, I have never attended a Star Trek Convention. Perhaps someday I will.

Now that I have established my credibility as a Star Trek authority, allow me a few moments of commentary.

For several years now, I have been very concerned for the Star Trek franchise. When Star Trek: TNG ended, I ha…


Much has been going on of late. We are moving into a new home on June 1. We will be living literally up the road and around the corner from where we are now. Our current address is 139, and we will be moving to 330. We looked in Irmo, Columbia, and Lexington, but this one sort of dropped in our laps. 4BR, 2.5 bath, his and her sinks in the Master Bath, large fenced in yard, more than double our current square footage, a huge deck, and a nice 2 story barn in the back. The second floor of the barn will become a Fun Room at some point. You'll be invited, I promise!

About a month ago I had my truck serviced and it has been great. Until Monday, that is. The serpentine belt decided to come off while I was braving the commute home. I managed to get the truck home, and I will probably be able to replace the belt on Saturday, weather permitting. For now, the wife unit is driving me to and from work. She's such a trooper.

Speaking of work, I had another terrific month in April…

A Beautiful Mind or an X-File?

One of my favorite films is Ron Howard'sA Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe as John Nash, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. Nash won a Nobel Peace Prize for his "Governing Dynamics" approach to economics. The film focuses more on Dr. Nash's mental illness and him overcoming that challenge. It was a really good film, although I was more moved by my own performance as James St. John Smythe in The Man From Manchester 3.

I digress.

When I saw A Beautiful Mind for the first time, I was totally blown away when it was realized that Nash's best friend and his employer did not really exist. They were made up in his mind as a result of his mental illness. Important people and the meaningful relationships he had had with them were suddenly gone. Afterwards he always questioned new people as to whether they were real or imagined.

I feel like that when it comes to my faith. Over the last 5 years, everything I have believed in is not what I onc…

Blame It On Brainwashing

Years ago, a Pastor friend of mine used the illustration of a coffeemaker to describe how we receive knowledge and instruction. Basically, when the water enters the machine, it is clear and uncolored. It is simply water.

As the water is processed through the coffee in the filter, it turns brown. It is not what was originally poured into the coffeemaker. It is now something else: coffee.

The fact that I love coffee nullifies this illustration for me personally! Seriously though, Pastor Mike had a good point, that we receive knowledge and then it filters through what we have been taught and indoctrinated in. In other words, we don't accept the knowledge for what it is; we must filter it through our belief system. Basically, we are talking about a form of brainwashing.

The surviving Somalian pirate's family is stating that he had been brainwashed, and this is why he became a pirate. Say it with me, "Aarrrrgh!"

Children in the Congo are kidnapped and brainwashed int…

Post Easter Post

Back to work today. Kids are all back at school minus one who had a doctor's appointment today. Today is Tracy's birthday, and she is spending it running kids to and from doctors. It doesn't seem fair.

We celebrated her b-day last night with the family, and I am going to save my birthday celebration for her for this upcoming no-kids weekend.

I am depressed. Not because it's Monday, but because yesterday was Easter, and I could have cared less. For years, my whole year centered around Resurrection Sunday. All my sermon planning, etc., was to lead up to Easter in a huge crescendo.

This year: nothing.

I'm troubled.

Random Ruminations/Soapboxing

I think our Governor is an idiot. No wonder SC is a laughing stock. I was helping Jenna study for a test about post-Civil War SC the other day, and I am not surprised to discover that the mindset here hasn't changed much at all in the last 145 years. I think SC needs more Yankees. Just sayin...
My wife has adopted yet another stray dog. Anyone looking for a new pet?People who abandon puppies should be punished to the full extent of the law.If it weren't for Pandora, I would never survive sitting at a desk all day long. Kudos to whoever created just might be married way, way, WAY out of my league. Tracy is awesome. I am not.
I am not really passionate about anything anymore. That troubles me.
On the flipside, I can't really find anything to BE passionate about.I wish I had more time/energy to blog. Lots of stuff rolling around in my with no outlet.My job is cool, but i miss being a Technician.
I miss Norm, Dan, and Frank. We were a good team. At work AND a…

Month End

It seems I have reached the end of March with very little time for blogging. I regret this, not just for the benefit of both of my reader/fans, but that I have much to blog about, but little time.

Today I am under the weather. Chest cold or something. Lots of coughing and headaches from coughing.

More to follow...

Week End

So...what a week. I had a great week at work, and I am excited about some changes I have made in my educational direction. I am going to pursue an MBA in Technology Management through the University of Phoenix. It will be all done online. I have realized that I am tired of going to class after working all day. I have done it for years. It's not that I can't keep up. I am just ready for a change. Anyway, I'm pumped.

I have also caught up with a few more pals on Facebook. Some I not seen or heard from in awhile.

Gotta go. My weekend is here!

Point of Clarity

My lovely wife made it clear to me that in my last post, I was a little too vague regarding my self-describing as a "Spiritual person rather than a Christian." Upon further review, I agree that some sort of clarity needs to be made.

For me, right now, being a Christian simply means doing this and not doing that or living a certain way on a certain day of the week and then choosing to live another way the rest of the week and then to be even more entirely different when no one else is watching. (pauses to catch breath and reflect on my horrible grammar here--my apologies to Mad Ox and Mr. Orgel).

People are all about trying to live the "Spirit-filled" life, which translates into a great deal of performance, tongue speaking, and floor flopping from my vantage point. I am learning to try and embrace the spiritual side of life, without the fluff, and I am learning that other people are picking up on what the Christian church is missing entirely. So I am seeking the s…

Stuff I Think You Should Know

Full disclosure is what we're all about here at ye olde blog. Obviously, you should get your money's worth here. The reader should have all the information in order to make an informed decision about whether or not he/she wishes to continue visiting Todd's Word.

With this in mind, I am beginning a regular column which I have dubbed, "Stuff I Think You Should Know." The column will appear..., well, when I feel there's something you should know. Let's begin:
I will drive out of the way for decent jazz or a great cup of coffee.Over the last 5 years, I have become more liberal (if we must assign a label).I hate labels. I label them under "Crap."I can blow my nose in 3 octaves.Racism of any sort is wrong. If I hate racists, does that make ME a racist?Next to Star Trek, I believe the X-Files and Ally McBeal were some of the greatest TV shows ever made.I really like Oprah. I like her vision for creating a better world. And I also like the fact tha…

Much Ado About Nothing

That is what my blog has become.

Once a bastion of religious and political commentary, my blog has become dull and boring. I have never wanted to a a single-issue blog. I have always sought after variety regarding subject matter. Lately there just hasn't been much for me to blog about.

I have often hesitated to share my personal predilections when it comes to hot-button topics like politics and religion. I choose to keep these things quiet for two reasons:

1. My opinions and bents are mine and mine alone.
2. Opening up on such topics seems to invite discord from people who are not like-minded, and frankly, I just don't want or need to hear it.

So you see, dear reader, I am struggling with where to go from here. Should I open up and reap the whirlwind, or just stick to the cutesy material? What do you think? Leave a comment and put your $.02 in. Go ahead. I don't bite.

No Wonder

I have always loved the music of Stevie Wonder. "For Once In My Life" is one of my all time faves. I am delighted to see that we have honored his acheivements accordingly. Manilow is next...or so I hope.

Hollywood Has Its Moments

George Clooney is the man!

Midweek Rant

To all the drivers on I-20 East:

If the speed limit says 60 MPH, then it is perfectly acceptable to increase your overpriced vehicles to that speed at least. Do not fear the speed limit. Embrace it.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Wednesday.

Week One

I have had a great week. Work is awesome. I am learning a lot of new stuff and that is always cool.

Sunday night I had a chance to visit James at our usual hanging out place. Missed breakfast Monday morning due to work, but I look forward to catching the next one.

Looking forward to a nice weekend with Tracy and the kids. Tracy and are going to upgrade our cell phones to Blackberry Storms. Then we are shopping for a decent treadmill.

I do miss my kickboxing though.

The New Gig

The new job is going very well so far. I really think I may have found my final resting place, so to speak. The picture to the left reflects the condition my workstation was in when I arrived on the job. To the very left is a coffee mug that was never washed. Upon opening the mug, I believe I witnessed the birth of an alien life form. Cup and entity were promptly jettisoned.

I am a neat freak. Hence the "after" photo. I cleaned and dusted off my desk with a vengeance. Everything is neatly organized now, and I am pleased. I will be adding more desk photos and cubicle paraphernalia in the days and weeks and hopefully, years, to come. My cubicle may equal Rick's in coolness and nostalgia one day...maybe.

Vick...Todd Vick. I am a Technical Consultant. If Chipco Computers were a Fast Food joint, I'd be the guy at the drive-in window saying, would you like some DDR2 memory sticks with your order?

I can live with that...for now. I have lots of room to move up, and a …

Employed Again!

Got the job at Chipco Computers! Start Monday at 8:00. No weekends ever again! I cannot recall a time since the early 1990s that I have had a job that didn't require weekends. I will have cookouts! We can go to the park! I can wash the cars! Change the oil! Bathe the dog! Love it!

Catoe, Rick and George...lunch at Cracker Barrel soon...?

Boy, Didn't See THIS Coming...HA HA

Not this again...

The Flu Continues To Fly

As of right now, Tracy and three kids are down with the flu. So far, I am flu free. With the miracle of hand-sanitizer and Lysol, I expect to remain free.

Had an interview today with Chipco Computers. It seems my technical and sales background may finally have some use. If hired, I will begin Monday morning at 8:00. Boo yah! At Chipco, I may have found a place to call home. Turnover is very low, and they want longevity in their people. At 41 years old, I am not as marketable as I was back in the 1990s. I still have a lot to offer, though, and I may have found a good match for my skills and experience. Not only this, but I will also have my own cubicle and a smokin' PC to use. Good benefits and retirement are also available after 90 days. I should hear from them on the morrow.

I have also begun the SlimFast diet today. Despite my exercising, I am not losing the weight. Not gaining, but not losing either. I'm going to do this for about a month and see what happens.…

One FLU Over The Cuckoo's Nest

I am home with a flu bitten child today. It's not like I have anywhere else to be, but I am glad I can be here to take of the lad. Makes his Mom happy too! Mr. Moms everywhere can just eat their hearts out! Hoo-ah!

Having said that, what I would really like is a job. A career. Some place where a guy like me can put his nose to the grindstone and push forward at full speed, stopping for coffee every now and again. Is that so much to ask? In today's recession/depression/pre-economic stimulus era? Yes.

It is pretty sad that at the end of yesterday, my greatest accomplishment was that I recorded Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan onto my DVR. Now I can watch 2 and 3 back to back! I still would rather have a job. I am going stir crazy. I have many hooks in the career water. I'm just waiting for a bite.

A nibble, perhaps?

Strangely, as I typed the above words, I got a call about a job. Phone interview tomorrow. Cool.

Random Ruminating XLIII

I'm tired of being unemployed. Seriously. I once believed when I obtained my college degree that I would be set for life. Frankly, I'm a tad upset at being underqualified, overqualified, and just not quite experienced enough.

I receive no less than three job offers a day inviting me to sell life insurance. No thanks. Unemployment pays better.

My children are all growing up way too fast. For me, not them.

I love my wife very much. I recall a time when I was afraid of being single in my old age. We have had a tough 5 years. Things are good right now. I want them to stay this way.

I wonder what I ever did to deserve such a great circle of friends.

I really need a haircut. Or do I go for the grunge look...?

I recently updated my Rhapsody account to the latest version. In doing so, my playlists and library got totally flubbed up. Example:

Song - Rock and Roll All Nite
Artist - Anne Murray.

My Rhapsody update also wiped out my iPod wishlist consisting of over 300 songs which …

Wings, Football, Springsteen and BFFs

A fine evening watching the first half of Super Bowl 43 at Carolina Wings in West Columbia. Personally, I could care less about either team that played. I just enjoyed a good time with great friends and food.

In the top photo, Catoe and I are strategizing for our next Guitar Hero challenge.

The other photo contains 200 collective years of wisdom, fun, and ploys. I wouldn't trade anything for this group of friends. From L to R: George, Peeley, Catoe, Rickwell, and me. Noticeably missing from the photo are Jay, Alan, Ritter, and Chuck. Hope we can all pose for the next photo. After everyone left, I did manage to catch a couple songs during Springsteen's halftime show. The Boss delivered!

Interesting final thought: with Jay, Alan, Ritter and Chuck in the photo, there would be, collectively, 360 years of wisdom, fun, and ploys...and a few cigars.

Next Year's Christmas Card

It's amazing to me that just a few months ago, I was considering deleting my Facebook account. Since the day I decided to keep it, I have reconnected with over 70 people whom I have not seen since High School. One of these old acquaintances is Chris Catoe. I lost touch with him in the early 1990s. Not really sure why. Over the years I had tried various means to look him up without success. Then one day I received a Facebook friend request from his son Preston, who I had only met once, years ago. Through Preston I was able to reconnect with Chris, and, as it is with all good friendships, we picked right up where we left off.Chris is one of my best pals. We sat side by side in the Airport High School band for three years where we dominated the Tuba section. Outside of band, we were almost inseparable. We had a lot of laughs, and now we are able to share even more laughs. Tracy and I spent new year's eve with Chris and Donna, as well as regularly getting together at on…

Motivational Poster (thanks Chuck)

What makes this photo so darned funny is that I was apparently unaware of the position my fingers were in as I rested my weary chin on my hand.

At any rate, thanks to my pal Chuck, I was inspired to offer my own motivational poster.

Reconnected and Reconfigured

It's feels good to be back online from home. Much catching up to do in the blogosphere.

In addition to getting reconnected, I was also able to upgrade the memory on my PC. She runs much better now. Teenage girls and their millions of pictures have consumed most of the original memory space.

Still unemployed, but have an interview at 9:00 am right here in good ol' Batesburg-Leesville. After the interview, I will catch up on my blog, complete with pictures.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the inauguration coverage yesterday. I confess to getting a bit emotional along with Tom Brokaw. Our country has come so far, and now we are going even further.

I regret that my gmail box is being overloaded with racial jokes and anti-Obama propaganda. Most of these come from people I love and respect, and now must respectfully agree to disagree. Seems that one of my old pastor friends would spend less time bashing President Obama and more time lifting him up in prayer.

At any rate, I am pleased with …

Here We Go Again

14 months ago, I was unemployed due to my position being eliminated. Now, once again, due to production cutbacks, I find myself contributing to the unemployment statistics. Myself and 200 others were escorted to the door. I am receiving unemployment benefits and looking for a new place to call work.

Beyond that, all is well here. Using the downtime to catch up on some honey-dos. I resume my studies at Tech on Monday, and away we go.

11 more days until the nightmare which we call the Bush Administration is over. I find myself deeply hoping that the new administration will live up to the promises, etc, etc.

Still borrowing internet from Tracy's uncle. I have many photos to post. Some of you will recognize my hetero lifemate Chris Catoe from the upcoming photos and will be witness to my latest addiction: Guitar Hero.

Photos and posts from my own PC will be coming soon.

Where Is TODD-o?

Internet is down at home (traded internet for Christmas spending power). Should be back up again soon. So much to blog, so little time.

Hope everyone had a Merry Xmas and may we all enjoy a prosperous, post-Bush 2009.