Flash Back

Joyce and I were going through some emails from years past and came across many memories.  The following was sent out exactly ten years ago.  Boy, does time fly.  I sent this email out just weeks into our time in Swaziland and there was so much to learn and experience.

Today, I was out taking pictures and was working under a tree, when what should fall, but a SNAKE.  It was not any wimpy little snake, it was a a LARGE FAT CHUBBY one and kinda had brown and yellowing brown markings with maybe a hint of green in there.  I am sure it was about 3 YARDS LONG and maybe 5 INCHES IN DIAMETER.  Not only did it fall, but it FELL ON ME and knocked me over (those things are heavy).  It must have thought that I was some NICE SWEET MORSEL TO SWALLOW.  After a BIG STRUGGLE and it had WRAPPED itself AROUND ME 3 TIMES, I finally got it around its neck and struggling to get my swiss army knife I was able to SUBDUE IT.  While it was bewildered, I was able to CUT ITS HEAD OFF. Its body then kinda wiggled around like a CHICKEN WITH ITS HEAD CUT OFF. Well we survived that near encounter.  And the rest of the day went without any mishaps.  Just had the reflective power on the Continental 100 kW a little high and the alarms went off.  Luckily, it was before the broadcasts started.  I hope that your first day of the fourth month was just as fun as mine.

Memories are interesting.  Some I would love to relive others I would love to forget.

Urgent – Why do I need a total “outfit” of new backpacking gear

To my few loyal readers:

A very important question has been posed to me: “Why do you need a total new set of backpacking equipment.”

Now I need your help to answer this question.  I think the final answer date is Friday (but I need to check).  My favorite equipment is probably around 15 years old so in need to get it replaced.

Any ideas are greatly appriciated.


What is this picture – added 3rd hint

guess in the sandSaw this cool picture along with a bunch of other cool ones. Gather the family around and see if you can guess what it is and post a comment with what you think it is.

Here are hints (more to come):

  • It is on the ground, in the sand, probably on the dirt track of a road.
  • It is on an African road.
  • It belongs to a large mammal

In a few days I will post where this came from.

Internet Radio Station

Exclusively on the web

A few weeks ago I came across this radio station as I was looking for something good to listen too.

OneJesus is real fun streaming audio site that is genre free. At the site you can suggest songs that you want to hear and usually play within 30 minutes. But now that the world is reading this blog the wait may be longer (ha).

There are several options for connecting to the audio with winamp, realplayer, windowz media player, etc on the left side.

Enjoy and be sure to tell “Mercy” thank you for the station.

Can’t wait to get my sound system set up in my office and connect my amp to my computer.

Sueing Strawberries?

Saw a good one again today (I have known about this for a few years but now it is in court). Trademarking a scent of strawberries!

The European Court of First Instance yesterday dismissed an attempt to register a trade mark for the smell of ripe strawberries, on the grounds that there is no “generally accepted international classification of smells” that would identify the mark.

Laboratoires France Parfum, recently bought by Paris-based Eden SARL, was attemping to “protect” this smell and use it in a long list of products.

My question is, “How are they going to sue the strawberries that have the same scent?” The strawberries must have some resources that they know about?

And I am sure that others have already scented products with a berry good smell which I think would cause problems with Laboratoires France Parfum trying to protect it even if their scent is trademarked which I think is next to impossible.

What else could we trademark?


Quizzing Competition

Talk about being ready to burst. As the coach of four kindergarten to 2nd graders, I am extreamly pleased with their work in Bible Quizzing on Friday. Two of them, including my son, Mark, consistanly “quizzed out” – getting 5 questions right. And with only 20 questions in a quiz, that left only 10 for the other two team members and the competition to battle over.

Unfortuantely, if you answer three questions wrong, you have to sit out too and Mark, being a little over excited, did that once. However, the rest of the team held on.

The two new comers to the team are my anchors. They did such a great job holding on after the other two quizzed out. Now that they know how quizzing works, they are going to be even better.

To sum up the competition, our team won all four rounds and did it well, even encouraging the other teams as they competed.

To sum up life perspectives: the boys are learning God’s Word! They are hiding it in there hearts and making me look at myself and ask, “Should I be doing the same as they are, spending more time memorizing scripture and studying it?” Well, I better get to listening to those CDs especially the verses.