MARTY728's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARTY728 MARTY728's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Only God Can Judge Murders And Terrorists. It's Up To Us To Arrange For The Judgments ASAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328612 Yes, I am very frustrated by the fact that locations where people gather whether they are work offices, theaters, schools, sporting events, etc. have become targets for murders. I am sure anyone reading this is also frustrated. <BR> <BR> I also mourn the loss of innocent lives and of the heroes trying to protect us. I frequently find myself crying when watching the horror on the news. <BR> <BR> We all must remember the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The only thing we have to fear is fea... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:04:06 EST Reasons I Am Fat List; What I Am Doing About It List; Self-Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317074 For me the key to getting my weight, size and physical fitness to identify and CONSTANTLY remind myself of how I really am weight and size wise and why, so I have developed the Reasons I am Fat list: <BR> <BR> 1. I overeat trying to placate my emotions with food, do not eat healthy at times, exercise much less than I should, picture in my mind’s eye a much smaller version of me that existed in the 1990’s and do not acknowledge the reality of my actual size <BR> <BR> If the list of Reasons I... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 11:31:12 EST My April Fools Advice and the Joke I Staged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307846 A SparkPeople Friend, CRYSTALJEM wrote in her Current Status today, “woke to a hallway filled with stuffed animals looking at her and a toilet that suddenly runs red water. Hmmmmm.... and I can't think of any payback!” <BR> <BR> Being the helpful soul that I am, I shared with her the trick that I used to teach our 3 children never to play an April Fools Joke on their Father. I replied, “Laugh and enjoy. Tell them how funny it is! For dinner this evening fix something only you like. For examp... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:16:23 EST Wife’s Car Has A Million Dings And Scratches On The Rear Bumper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269940 My Wife’s car has a million dings and scratches on the rear bumper. They are caused by the fact that my Wife insists on backing into parking spaces. To date she has never struck another vehicle, yet if there’s a pole, curb, wall, etc., she will hit it. She will not back into the garage because she is afraid she will hit something. <BR> <BR> Friday evening another couple who know what my Wife’s car rear bumper looks like and why; were with us in the vehicle when she backed into a high curb w... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:28:43 EST Who Says Nothing Is Impossible? I’ve Been Doing Nothing for Years and Other Thoughts From the Gym’s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259920 First I must provide a little background….. <BR> <BR> There was a television show named Cheers that lasted 11 years from 1982 to 1993 and the majority of the show took place in a Boston Bar named Cheers. There was a overweight, out of shape, quick-witted, always making funny comments character named Norm Peterson that frequented Cheers daily. Whenever Norm entered Cheers everyone would yell out “Norm”. <BR> <BR> Norm would respond to the greeting with a wave of his hand and a funny comment ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:35:47 EST My Happy, Positive Attitude is Self-feeding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258618 I really feel good about staying on my streak of being on and using SparkPeople every day, exercising everyday and keeping a happy, positive attitude. I have always been a funny individual and most of my attempts at humor are pokes at me (called self-deprecating humor) or at life in general. I do not practice insult humor (unless I must) because I think it is mean. <BR> <BR> However, remember that the clown, comedian, funny person is so many times because they are not happy about something. ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:38:24 EST I’m Learning, Experiencing Personal Growth and am Shocked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257381 I am beginning to see the light. For a few years now I had been hoping to have one of my blogs voted a featured blog. Yes, I have been knocking about SparkPeople since June 15, 2010. <BR> <BR> I have had an epiphany! And no, it is not painful. <BR> <BR> I finally realized that I am doing SparkPeople for me and no one else. <BR> <BR> I really must remember: <BR> <BR> A positive attitude may not solve everything but it makes for a pleasant experience. <BR> <BR> In one of my favorite movi... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:03:08 EST I’m Not a Complete Idiot, Parts Are Missing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256310 It seems whenever I begin to show a weight loss, I start getting the “What is your secret" question. I usually chuckle since I find the “What is your secret" question funny. <BR> <BR> As we know the "secret" is hard work. We all want a quick fix, some advantage that will make it easy! Well there is no secret or quick fix or magic pill. There is only dedication, effort and hard work. It is easy to put the weight on and a struggle to get and keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> If there were a "sec... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:29:45 EST King of all Weight Yo-yos Abdicating the Throne http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246308 If you review my stay here the past few years, you will know that I am a King of all Weight Yo-yos with my weight constantly going down and back up again. This has been my track record for the last 23 years. I have blogged that I can trace the beginning of the weight climb to the birth of my second child, career growth and how I changed my priorities. <BR> <BR> My starting weight was when I joined SparkPeople in 2010 was 335 pounds. Since that time I have yo-yoed to the 270 to 280 pound ran... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:11:10 EST Random Memories From a Wandering Mind; Mom, Dad and the First Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237152 The anniversary of Mother’s death was a few days ago and while like any good Italian-American son, I hear my Mother’s voice in my head many times a day and any anniversary causes even more memories to stir. I think most Mother’s have the ability to implant themselves forever in their children’s brains in this manner. <BR> <BR> I often wonder if I it is simply my imagination that causes me to hear my Mother’s voice or I am really channeling her like they do on the many paranormal, ghost, clai... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:45:49 EST I Suffered from Delusions of Adequacy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228623 On December 4, 2012 I weighed 280 pounds. Then the wheel in my brain continued to spin, but the hamster left for a Holiday vacation. SparkPeople a fountain of knowledge and some here drink from the fountain. Lately I have occasionally gargled. I let too many things get to me. I have been a gross ignoramus -- 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus. <BR> <BR> It is like I have 2 brain cells, 1 is lost and the other is out looking for it. If I were any more stupid, I'd have to be watered tw... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:19:50 EST I've fallen and I have gotten up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227113 I slipped off the wagon, fell off the horse, hit the wall, did a free fall into the ditch and have gained weight. Can anyone think of any other descriptive phrases to indicate that I have gained weight? <BR> <BR> Why have I added weight this year? Unofficially because I am an idiot who is not committed (and should be to an insane asylum). <BR> <BR> I am now ready to get going again. I have not weighed myself in a while and will do so on Tuesday morning and post the damage. <BR> <BR> Per t... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:42:45 EST Lance Armstrong: Do you forgive him? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209809 Warning this is a serious blog. <BR> <BR> I used to like Lance Armstrong. From his being the second American to win the Tour de France (Greg LeMond was the first) to his battle with testicular cancer, to his Livestrong charity, etc. I used to believe his lies. <BR> <BR> I now despise him. I have no problem hating him. He has ruined many people’s lives with his cheating and then lying about cheating. He has sued people, newspapers and magazines who told the truth about his cheating and won ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:23:42 EST The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185978 Told my family that one of my New Year’s Resolution was to be less critical. Before I criticize my Wife, two Daughters or my Son, to help their perspective, I will figuratively walk a mile in their shoes. My family is pleased with this Resolution, feeling that I am sincere and thanked me for it. Wife said she will remind me of it when she feels it is necessary to do so. <BR> <BR> I am happy with this New Year’s Resolution. I know that one of the secrets of success is sincerity. However no o... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:34:57 EST Paraprosdokian - Don't Know What It Means - Read My Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172439 Paraprosdokian: Definition: "Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation." "Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type of paraprosdokian. (when I told my Father this one over the phone, he replied, "You are.") <BR> <BR> Okay, so now enjoy! <BR> <BR> 1. Do not argue with an idiot; he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. <BR> 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:21:12 EST You are Italian when http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158447 You may have seen a number of the items below before, but after seeing comedian Tammy Pescatelli last weekend and speaking with her about the common traits of our Italian families (posted some pictures with her, Wife and me), I wanted to share the items below. Both Tammy’s and my Grandparents immigrated to the USA from Sicily. Our parents were first generation Americans. It is funny to me that my 3 children feel the same way about my parents as I did about my Grandparents. Tammy Pescatelli ma... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 17:06:17 EST My Current Status Today Inspired Another Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149645 MARTY728‘s Scottish friend tries to get me to eat Scottish food. I told him the Scottish are a proud people that never turn down a challenge, so Scottish kilts and food must be the results of stupid dares <BR> <BR> ARCHIMEDESII: Well, if Scottish food isn't to your liking, how about the whiskey ? they do make really good whiskey. eh-hem. ;) : 4 hours ago <BR> SAMBIDEXTROUS: But I *like* a man in a kilt..... <BR> ITSALWAYSABTME: ummm many women do enjoy seeing a man in a Kilt. I even lik... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:18:42 EST My Thanksgiving Day Plan and a Maryland Crab Soup Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141484 I am smoking a 10 pound turkey and 10 pound lean ham and preparing Maryland Crab Soup. These are easy to prepare. I simply soak the hickory wood in water for at least a day and Thanksgiving morning put the defrosted turkey and ham on the smoker and in a few hours they are done. I do not inject anything into the turkey or ham since I do not want (or need) the additional calories. My family and guests usually like the moist, flavorful meats. <BR> <BR> My Wife is cooking the rest of the usual ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:02:43 EST Babysitting and a Sphynx http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135436 A number of my blogs cover my adventures as a youth and this one does also. Most of my friends got their first opportunities to babysit when they were 12 or 12 years old. I did not get my first opportunity until I was 14, despite my efforts. <BR> <BR> As soon as I turned the age of 12, I began advertising for a babysitting job. Anytime I would encounter the neighborhood parent with young children, I would say, “Hello Mr. or Mrs. _____, any time you need a good babysitter, please remember me... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:30:56 EST My Gift or Curse for Those Who Must Endure My Attempts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132875 I believe we all have gifts, like the gifted artist, singer or musician. My gift is that I see humor in most things. I attempt to present that humor to others. Sometimes my gift is a curse also, since I have learned that there are times when you should not bring attention to or share what you think is funny. School is in the “not funny” category and I spent many hours in the detention and suffering other punishments learning this. Eulogies for family members and good friends however…… <BR> ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:33:21 EST This is Funny - Donald Trump from Business Icon to Comedy Icon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128383 For years Donald Trump was known and admired for his business expertise and acumen. His book, “The Art of the Deal” published in 1987 was a huge seller. He was admired and copied. <BR> <BR> That was then….. <BR> <BR> Now… <BR> <BR> Brian Williams went after Donald Trump during Tuesday night's election coverage on NBC. <BR> <BR> At one point an exasperated Williams stated that Donald Trump was tweeting on election night and then some of the tweets showing Trump’s disapproval of President ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 11:21:03 EST If I Were Elected President of the United States of America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126037 I believe that Thomas Jefferson captured the purpose of Government in the following excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form o... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:42:09 EST I am the Pinata - Another Inspired Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119191 A good SparkPeople friend, LAURAAT gave me a goodie and in her note wrote “Hope you have been keeping on track with things lately. How has your plan been going? “ <BR> <BR> In response, I gave LAURAAT a Pinata goodie with the following note: <BR> <BR> "Thank you for asking. My plan has been going well since I returned to SP earlier this month. I am down about 20 lbs. from my return weight of 314.5 lbs. I need to pick-up the exercise more. I was a jackass for falling off of the SP wagon. So,... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:09:34 EST Baseball and My Moral Boundary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116614 With the baseball World Series signaling the end of the baseball season, I was thinking about baseball and I remembered the following from my younger days: <BR> <BR> One July hot summer day my best friend Billy and I were standing in my backyard playing catch. I would toss an old taped-up baseball to Billy and he would catch it in his old hand-me-down baseball glove and in turn throw the ball to me and I would catch it in my old hand-me-down baseball glove. We could do this for hours as the ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:43:07 EST Hurricane Sandy Coming and Everyone Buying Toilet Paper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113649 I live in the forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy; predicted to be worse than the 1991 “Perfect Storm”. <BR> <BR> People here are buying all the milk, bread and toilet paper at all of the stores before the big storm hits. This happens every time in this region is threatened, no matter what type of big storm it is; hurricane, snow, ice, etc., there will be a run on milk, bread and toilet paper! <BR> <BR> I can understand buying milk, bread and more non-perishable food. I can't understand th... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:15:07 EST Random Thoughts from a Random Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110140 I just finished a major report at work and I have decided to let my mind wander. <BR> <BR> Winter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere of Planet Earth. In America, the Weather Channel is the most watched cable television channel. There are all the issues in the world and we watch weather on TV. <BR> <BR> I want the weather professionals to stop reporting the wind chill. They will say it is currently 32 degrees but with the wind chill index it feels like 15 degrees. So as far as my body is ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:59:43 EST Thank you to SP Friend AKELAZ and 100 plus SP’ers for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102725 A good SparkPeople friend, AKELAZ has the following quote on her page: "The road to hell is paved with couches." I love quote for a number of reasons. <BR> <BR> I re-ballooned (been there before) to 314.5 pounds on October 11, 2012 by coming home from work, sitting on the couch in the family room and becoming a plant similar to the plant in the movie and play “Little Shop of Horrors”. It is about a hapless florist shop worker (Seymour) who raises a plant from outer space that feeds on human... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:37:49 EST Proved the Clothes Dryer Eats My Socks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099967 I have told my wife for years that the clothes dryer eats my socks. She always disagrees and tells me that I am being ridiculous. Last Saturday morning I told her that it had happened once more and once again she told me that I was being ridiculous. <BR> <BR> I proposed a test. I would allow her to place a damp sock in the clothes dryer and turn the clothes dryer on. The children were not a home so they would not be there to open the clothes dryer. I remained with my wife and did not leave ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:36:32 EST Self-Confession and Other Musings from a Slacker who is BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095408 I have been gone for a while (Note: A while is defined as for almost a year). I have been an infrequent visitor to SparkPeople. I have not been committed to my health and have ballooned up to 314.5 pounds. Those who know me know that I should be committed to being healthy and at times a mental health alyssum. <BR> <BR> Of course I could blame the high pressure – large quantity of work situation I was in. I could blame family issues with my Father’s health causing me a large amount of stres... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:58:17 EST How I use a few of my favorite quotes from Stephen Covey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985013 I have always told all I know and hopefully taught my children: <BR> <BR> “Live life in crescendo!" <BR> <BR> "Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important." <BR> <BR> "Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out." <BR> <BR> "Live out your imagination, not your history." <BR> <BR> "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." <BR> <BR> "There are three constants in l... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:57:43 EST WHEN I WAS A KID... and Italian Jokes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880905 WHEN I WAS A KID... <BR> <BR> My Mother didn't make me wear seatbelts. She let me bounce around the car unfettered - and if need be, whipped out her Mom Arm to stop me from flying through the windshield. (Sometimes my Mother would stop short (quickly) to let me bang into the seat in front of me or dashboard if I was acting up. I think that might have been a little excessive, even for those days.) <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> In elementary school, my Mother let me make Jiffy Pop by myself. If you'... Mon, 14 May 2012 12:58:38 EST Top 5 Ways to Trick Colleagues into Supporting Your Work Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494844 I have been working 14 hours a day for the last 10 days and have hated every minute of it. I have not been able to get to the gym and had to miss my youngest daughter’s college soccer games. However the work push is now over, so I have the time to share with you how I engaged others to assist me to complete the tasks necessary. <BR> <BR> 1. Job description – Tell them it is part of their job description. This may seem like you are forcing people, but no one remembers exactly what their job... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:38:04 EST Marty – SparkEllen hopes you will read the blog at..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4458669 Borrowing from SP Friend SanDiegoJohn (SparkOprah at times). Marty – SparkEllen hopes you will read the blog at: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456255 </link> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:48:19 EST Sharing Wedding Costs and My Loving (?) Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402415 Last week at a birthday gathering with family and friends, a friend made the comment that when my 2 daughters marry, it will be quite expensive for my wife and me. <BR> <BR> I replied that my parents were very upset with my In-laws that they would not allow them to pay for half of my wedding and that I have no such hang-ups concerning tradition. With that I looked at both my daughters’ boyfriends (2 great guys) and said laughingly, “If either of my daughters ever makes the mistake of agreein... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:26:23 EST Explaining my “You’ve heard him sing” Status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4379601 I was raised in the U.S.A. in the State of Maryland. Maryland was formed as a Catholic Colony in the very early 1600’s. Catholic Churches are everywhere in Maryland. <BR> <BR> We lived just outside of one of the oldest colonial towns in Maryland with small cobblestone streets and the Catholic Church in town also had a Catholic school. Since I attended the Catholic school and because it was a great way to hang out with the girls since most of the boys would not voluntary join the Church Youth... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:45:49 EST “Groundhog Day” and "50 First Dates" for Real: Woman is Stuck in 1994 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370483 Every day Michelle Philpots wakes up in 1994. Due to brain injuries from two accidents, the British woman can recall everything up to that year, but each night forgets the events of the day before. "I want to be back to the normal me and not this shell of a person," she said. <BR> <BR> <link>today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38695449/from<BR>/toolbar </link> <BR> <BR> So whenever you think that you are having a bad day, remember this poor woman. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:38:51 EST Guidos and Guidettes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364622 I watched a few scenes from the movie “Goodfellas” yesterday and that inspired me to write this blog. I am a second generation American of Italian heritage. I have blogged about this a few times. I knew when I was very young I would NEVER marry an Italian or another American of Italian descent. The reason is because of Guidos and Guidettes. The movie “Goodfellas” is loaded with Guidos and Guidettes. <BR> <BR> A Guido is a self-centered male with a "Dem, Dez and Dose" accent; usually but not ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:54:09 EST May Stick a Size 10 Cycling Shoe up his A$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352355 At the gym I attend my wife and I are entered in the Spinning Class Tour de Pedal Pit. In case you do not know (I did not until I started my SparkPeople journey a year ago) Spinning is simply a special stationary bike that you can add resistance to while using it. You sing up for a team and show up to ride as often as possible during the Tour de France. The Spinning Class Instructors re-create the actual profiles of the Tour de France on the Spinning cycle, share lots of information about bot... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 00:53:27 EST Getting Physically Smaller yet Growing as a Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349281 On July 5, 2010 I started this journey weighing 335 pounds and my family consisted of Mollie (wife), Meghan (daughter), Tom (son), Erin (daughter) and 2 dogs (Della and Hershey –both female mixed breed Labs). In a prior blog I wrote how we added our third dog Toba - female mixed breed cocker spaniel and how I became “Leader of the Pack” last month. <BR> <BR> I love them all, however not always in the order listed above. My family loves me most of the time and does their best to tolerate me ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 11:29:45 EST Jaime Oliver, Lisping, NEVER eating BUGS again, and Thank You WOLFKITTY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337079 I give full credit for this blog to my Sparkfriend and motivator WOLFKITTY. Thank you! <BR> <BR> I believe the media, our government and the educational system is correct to address the childhood obesity issue in the U.S.A. and I support it. However, I do not believe scare tactics should be used. In her campaign against childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama is urging communities to make fresh produce more available to young people, even in liquor stores. If children are hanging out at... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:20:34 EST New Dog Makes 3. We Officially Have a Pack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328449 Two Saturday’s ago we took in a homeless dog because the daughter of 2 of our best friends passed away. Our friends’ dog does not get along with other dogs and they could not bring themselves to place their late daughter’s dog in the pound. They found it to be a great relief for us to take in Toba, a 6 year-old female mixed breed mainly cocker spaniel that weighs 30 pounds. It is interesting what we humans can focus on in emotional times. My DW and I felt it the right thing to do, since it me... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:11:12 EST Strangest Items Bring Back Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4285964 My Mother passed away in 2007. Last Sunday, my wife and I were at my Father’s house. Dad had amassed a pile (yes pile) of Mom’s old purses, bags, etc. and asked us to go through them, get rid of the trash, keep any valuables or purse my wife or our daughters wanted and to donate the rest to charity. <BR> <BR> I told Dad we would do it and took them home and put them in the garage. I knew my wife and daughters would not want the old purses, bags, etc. because they were not their style. <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 16:04:06 EST Step-up and Assist! I am through the Red Cross. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4269286 With all of the natural disasters that have recently occurred in the world (Japan Earthquake, Pacific Tsunami, U.S.A. tornados, U.S.A floods, U.S.A. wild fires, etc.) now is the time for all of us to step-up and do what we can to assist. The Red Cross has made it easy to assist in many different ways in addition to donating money. Per the Red Cross, “An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.” <BR> <BR> Here is the link to... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:31:00 EST SparkPeople People are a GREAT Help to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257329 There are the SP People that have changed their lifestyles and are at or near their goal weight that share their success and what they learned. Since they have defeated the demons that I am battling, these SP People help me to move toward my goal by offering advice, encouragement and motivation for me to continue on my lifestyle change journey. <BR> <BR> There are those SP People that are new, coping with and/or trying to tackle the same struggles that I have and/or to continue to face and t... Thu, 26 May 2011 09:58:37 EST A Cyclist Hit my Moving Vehicle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223873 On the B&A (Baltimore Annapolis) Trail there is a stop sign at each point that intersects a roadway. The stop signs are for those on the B&A Trail. It seems that those that are on the B&A Trail NEVER stop at the ANY of the stop signs on the B&A Trail. <BR> <BR> Last Friday, a biker ran the stop sign on the B&A Trail and hit my car. The A$$hole, dented the passenger door and scraped the side of my car and in the process wrecked his bike. I got out of my car and 2 other cars stopped. This A$$... Tue, 10 May 2011 19:51:04 EST Easter Money Egg Hunt, Easter Dinner and Conversation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197024 We had a pleasant group of friends and family at our Easter Dinner last Sunday; a couple of neighbors, my Father, our 3 children and their accompanying significant others, my DW and me. We have a large dining room with a table that 8, however we added our large kitchen table to one end of the dining room table and we had enough space for all 11 of us. My DW did most of the cooking; lamb and a ton of side dishes. I made Maryland Style Crab Soup and smoked the ham. My oldest daughter made a lar... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:12:38 EST “Self-centered Scum of the Earth” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182290 In her blog, an SP Friend, Jackimoon wrote of her relationship with her brother. This caused me to reflect upon my relationship with my brother. A few hours later my brother called me to ask for a loan to pay for braces for one of his children. My brother understands the concept of borrowing money and is an expert at it. However, he has not mastered the concept of repaying a loan. There is not a relative of his (including cousins, Aunts, Uncles, In-laws, etc.) that he has EVER repaid. <em>28<... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:41:30 EST I had a GREAT day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4166190 I was amazed and proud of how many individuals and churches were part of the counter-protest group. There were counter-protest motorcycle groups roaring by. We were on one side of the street and they were on the other side. Below is a picture that contains my sign. If you guess which sign is mine, you win <em>247</em> . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946850545.jpg"> <BR> THE GOOD GUYS <BR> <BR> The Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas merry band of twisted, hat... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:01:41 EST Westboro Baptist to protest outside Meade High in Anne Arundel County Maryland on Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161432 The church that has protested the funerals of soldiers killed in combat will bring its anti-gay message to Meade High School in Anne Arundel County Maryland on Thursday morning. <BR> <BR> Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas will picket outside the high school between 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 A.M., as students arrive for classes. <BR> <BR> In a statement announcing the picketing, the church said it was targeting the children of soldiers at the school. The Department of Defense is ending i... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:00:43 EST Rough Weekend Sparkwise and Otherwise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4158550 It's Monday, and I had a rough weekend Sparkwise and otherwise, but I made it through dining out on Saturday and Sunday with a little damage that will take a couple of days to recoup from. <BR> Here we are on the other side of the federal budget showdown (for now) with the Federal Government still up and running. Yes I stating that the Federal Government is up and running sounds like an oxymoron and cannot be correct, yet it is. If I had written that the Federal Government was efficiently up... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:47:38 EST