Thursday, December 31, 2009

Looking back on 2009

 ...as 2010 sneaks up from behind...



 
There are a few things I would like to get off my chest, or in the case of number 1, my waistline.  The year 2009 was a good year for me in most ways.  In most ways I was good, in some… not so much.  Here are my observations of another year that has slipped past me and hope for the new year to come.

1)
30 lbs

2)
To all my blogger friends...
If I didn't comment on all your post last year... consider writing better post... I assume that is why you didn't comment on mine.

3)
I secretly wanted to write a novel in 2009.

4)
I am jealous of most of my blogger friends as they are wittier and take better photo's than me.  Especially that Carolyn…OnLine lady.  This is who I stole the idea for this post from.  Sorry for stealing your idea but hey, it’s the internet, get over it. 

5)
I resent the fact that I don't have a cool screen name like Captain Dumbass or Vodka Mom

6)
I envy the happiness and joy for life that Braja has.  Hello, you got hit by a truck!  And yet you are still beautiful and at peace with the universe and all that other crap you lay on us. She just finished and published a book by the way.  I am hoping 2010 will bring me my autographed copy.  She's great, she's wonderful, bla bla bla... Damnit I should have wrote a book... happy b@#$%...

7)
I was sad when I thought I was losing one of the best blogs of all by one of my best friends and down right confused that she didn’t know how great she was in the blogging community.   I was mad that she deleted some of my best work!  Still her biggest fan though.

8)
I wish I could have gone fishing with Tom.

9)
I wish I had the inner beauty, poise, and prose that Shadow has.

10)
My deepest regret is not telling M how much I love her enough.  I love you precious!


~sigh~

I can only hope to have half the love and friendship in 2010.  I love you all and sorry I only mentioned a few of the dozens of dear friends I have come to cherish over the last year.


Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Friday, December 25, 2009

Observing the observer

Don't tell Maureen, but the wasp was actually in the house and I was outside looking in!




~sigh~

She probably wont see this, right?


Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New year



Enjoy

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cool things I saw in the Bahamas Part 3

Here is another great piece from Atlantis:




Click to enlarge!


~sigh~

I miss vacation.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Thursday, November 5, 2009

There's an app for THAT?

I had no idea!



According to this article, 20% of iPhone users watch porn on their handset on a regular basis.

~sigh~

So much to learn, so little time!

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Did I say that out loud?

What was he thinking?




~sigh~

Yea dude, she aint coming back.  Nice ad though!

Just and observation...

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cool things I saw in the Bahamas Part 2

I just loved all the fancy lights and art work at Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Here is a really cool Seahorse light.




Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cool things I saw in the Bahamas Part 1

This was a very interesting and colorful piece of art!

Can anyone identify where this was taken?




Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Friday, October 30, 2009

Not a problem in sight

Reflections from the cruise.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Friday, October 23, 2009

Aim low boys, they are sinking fast!




Aim low boys, they are sinking fast!

My little brother severed our country for 6 years in the Navy, thanks Scooter!  My Grandpa served in the Navy as well in WWII.  I wanted to share a story with you from Grandpa's tour.

Grandpa served on one of those supply ships carrying supplies back and fourth across the pond.  They have been saddled with a bunch of unwanted metal dust pans, destination no where, and his boss was tired of looking at them.

Boss: "Lovette, get rid of them pans, I don't care how, just get rid of them!"
Grandpa: "Yes Sir!"

Some time later...

Announcement: "General Quarters! General Quarters!"

The alarm was sounded and off every one ran to their stations.  Supply ships were under frequent attach from enemy subs and the radar said they were under attack!  In no time at all Depth Charges were flying overboard!

Grandpa's boss ran by: "Not a word Lovette!"
Grandpa: "About what Sir"
Boss: "Exactly!"

I am happy to report that those enemy metal dust pans became a casualty of war and are safely resting at the bottom of the ocean.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Walking in Spirals

I found these cool photos in the land of Twitter

Enjoy!

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Monday, October 12, 2009

Where the wild fern grows


~grin~
I love these little ferns!
Just an observation...
Craig Glenn

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Grandpa Jones



My hero's have always been cowboys. 

Well sometimes they were just country boys, but you get my drift.

I was wandering around on my lunch walk today, wondering about stuff again.  As we have discussed before I tend to do this a lot.  Wondering about stuff while I wander around, walking off the pounds of one too many of M's excellent meatloaf suppers.  I have to say M is the best cook ever.  Sorry mama but it's true!  Just don't tell grandma, 'cause, well, just 'cause.

So anyhow, I was reminded by the reminder thing that exists in all of us.  You know the one. If you tried to remember such an event it would not come but some trigger goes rushing back and pulls out files long ago stored and keep for just such wondering occasions.  

One of my favorite shows from the old days was Hee Haw and a favorite skit from the show was when off camera cast members would ask Grandpa Jones, "Hey Grandpa, what's for supper?"

"Buttermilk Biscuits smothered in chicken gravy, home-fried potatoes, collard greens and Grandmother's fresh-baked blueberry pie a la mode!"  Then the entire cast would answer "YUM, YUM!"

A running gag was that the window he pretend to polish in this skit had no glass, and that Jones would slip his fingers through the empty panes. 

~sigh~

That's good eatin' right there!  But, alas, I have chosen to live on a higher plane now.  No more 'tatars and gravy for me.  M does do a great job now with the best tastiest healthy food on the planet!


Thanks M!

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Friday, October 2, 2009

Idiot Sighting Round 3




Brenda Lee Duclos got behind the wheel and passed out drunk with the minivan running in Broward County Florida.  Here is the sad part.  She was on the way to pick up her oldest child at school.  That's right, this woman is blotto and on her way to a busy school full of kids.  Oh, speaking of kids, her three and four year old were in the van with her.  They must have gotten bored, because they wandered off after a couple of hours and left 'Mom of the Year' in the van, still running.


~sigh~

The good news is that the kids are all fine and mom is in jail.  Bail is set at $5,000 if anyone wants to get her out.  Yea, me either...

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Reflecting on my iWalk today

Reflecting ... Get it?

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Monday, September 14, 2009

LOL



Lets talk about the ever popular LOL shortcut used all over the world and in several mediums.  I know I am guilty of abusing and thus destroying the meaning of this most useful of cyberspeak.  But how many times do we really laugh out loud?  I will admit for my part, that it's not as many times as I type it.  In fact I am sure there are times when I don't even smile, or grin, or even think about laughing.  It has become an automated response to what you imagine the person on the 'other side' wants to hear.  What does this make us? Liars? Well I don't think it's all that dramatic, but still it can be quite an over reaction to an otherwise slightly amusing comment.  Besides, when we really do laugh out loud, what are we supposed to do? Type LOL (really)? Well it's now longer a short cut, is it?
Well mama always said, don't just point out the problem, offer some kind of solution; so here are some suggestions:

MA: Mildly Amussing
LIMH: Laughing in my head
LQTM: Laughing quietly to myself
NF: Not Funny
NECTF: Not even close to funny
And to kick LOL up a notch...
ITIJPM: I think I just pissed myself

~sigh~

Remember to practice and tell your friends.  (I am such a trend setter in the bloggin' word)

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Life's a beach

Bar, beach, snacks...

~sigh~

Life is good.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A child

A child is more precious than the ocean is vast.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Friday, September 4, 2009

The weekend

Ahhh, the weekend.

~sigh~

Gotta love a weekend at the beach!

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Love Poem

A  REDNECK LOVE POEM

SUSIE  LEE DONE FELL IN LOVE,
SHE PLANNED TO MARRY  JOE.
SHE WAS SO HAPPY 'BOUT IT ALL,
SHE TOLD HER PAPPY SO.

PAPPY TOLD HER, SUSIE GAL,
YOU'LL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER.
I'D JUST AS SOON YO' MA DON'T KNOW,
BUT JOE IS YO' HALF BROTHER.

SO SUSIE PUT ASIDE HER JOE
AND PLANNED TO MARRY WILL.
BUT AFTER TELLING PAPPY THIS,
HE SAID, 'THERE'S TROUBLE STILL.'

YOU CAN'T MARRY WILL, MY GAL,
AND PLEASE DON'T TELL YO' MOTHER.
BUT WILL AND JOE, AND SEVERAL MO'
I KNOW IS YO' HALF BROTHER.

BUT MAMA KNEW AND SAID, MY CHILD,
JUST DO WHAT MAKES YO' HAPPY.
MARRY WILL OR MARRY JOE;
YOU AIN'T NO KIN TO PAPPY.


~sigh~

Ain't love grand?

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

iMushrooms on iWalk

Here is another seen from my iWalk.
~sweaty grin~
It's really hot out there.
Just an observation...
Craig Glenn

Monday, August 31, 2009

Seen from today's iWalk



This is one of the pretty views I get to enjoy on my daily iWalks.

~grin~

I love my iWalks.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ted Kennedy

 
I have to say I am not a big fan of any politician.  I certainly do not want to debate one over the other as most Americans love to do.  I see many blogs touting one extreme opinion or another, often at the peril of what otherwise could have been a friendship.  Another certainty is that I will most likely be pigeon holed for my opinion, unfairly I might add, just by the nature of what would appear to be neutrality.   The truth is, I don't really care for any of them.  I am not of the opinion that the left or the right is any better than the other as long as they are both driven by selfish greed.  Our country is driven by money; that's it, that's all there is to it.
  
Now for the upside.  I love my country and do not wish to live anywhere else in the world.  In my opinion Ted Kennedy was as guilty of this government by greed as any of the rest of them, I was however, saddened to hear of his death and his family's loss.
~sigh~ 
God speed Ted Kennedy and God bless America.
Just an observation...
Craig Glenn

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Introducing the iWalk


I just finished my daily lunch walk, hereafter known as my iWalk. Although iWalks burn the same amount of calories as the old walk, they are much more pleasurable, thanks to iTunes, Rod Stewart, and Fleetwood Mac. 'Mac' reference intended.

Yes that is right my dear reader(s), I am now the proud owner of an iPhone.

~iGrin~

How did I make it all these years without one? It's like a crack addiction, only it's called iCrack.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Be careful what you wish for


A married couple in their 60's were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quite, romantic little restaurant. Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. She said, "for being such an exemplary married couple and in honor of your loving relationship for all these years, I will grant you each one wish."

The wife answered, "oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband." The fairy waved her magic wand and *POOF* two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands. The husband thought for a moment: "Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I am sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me." The fairy and the wife both looked at each other with disappointment in their faces, but a wish is a wish.

So the fairy waved her magic wand and *POOF*!

The Husband became 92 years old.


~sigh~

Be careful what you wish for.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Sparrow

video


~Sigh~


I so want to hug my daddy right now...

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pizza delivery

Disclaimer: This is not a political thing for me, well it is for the ACLU, but for me it was just funny!

The future of pizza delivery... Click here

~sigh~

I love pizza...

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Idiot Sighting Round 2

IDIOT SIGHTING:

My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter. She said, You gave me too much money. I said, Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back. She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my equest. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said We're sorry but we cannot do that kind of thing. The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1.75 cents in change.

~Sigh~

What did they do with my education taxes?

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Idiot Sighting Round 1

IDIOT SIGHTING:

Found online...

We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower. I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, NO, it's not.
Four is larger than two...

We haven't used Sears repair since.

~sigh~

How is he not an unemployment statistic?

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My dangerous world


My dangerous world

I came across this article and thought it might be interesting to my blogger friends who don’t know much about the part of the world I call home. Follow the link below and for a short read and photographic tour of home sweet Florida!


Click here.

~sigh~

And Joan says South Africa is a dangerous place to live!

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Akeem


I just received this email and wanted to share it with you along with my response.

Dear Friend,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise, however,it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from Burkina faso in west Africa and currently holding the post of Manager Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank.

I have the opportunity of transfering the left over funds ($10,500,000.00) of one of my bank clients who died along with his entire family in Central England in the year 2003 and since his death occured, no body have show up as his next of kin for the claim because the account is untraceable.


If you agree to my business proposal.further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail. have a great day.

Thanks Yours,
Akeem Hadi


Dear Akeem,

You have no idea just how surprised I am my friend. Just the other day I tried to friend you on FaceBook but have not received your reply yet; I hope everything is well with you. I did hear about your recent promotion to MAA. That is really exciting news! Have you thought about a Linked In account? Networking is a great way to meet others in your field.

$10.5M is certainly not something I would say no to under ordinary circumstances. But I must tell you that I just last week received a letter from Ed stating that I may have already won $20M. How exciting is that?

This could not have come at a better time. The girlfriend and I were really starting to feel the pressure of this horrible economy. I guess it’s hardest on our dog. We really love her. That is why we are only eating her one leg at a time. Her name is Ilean by the way.

I am really sorry to hear about the family who died in central England. England is such a small country. I didn’t know they had sectioned it out. Central England, is that near London? I have heard of London. I was glad to hear that no bodies showed up at the bank. That would just be uncomfortable, right? Why would bodies need the money anyway?

One last thing, maybe y’all should not make these accounts untraceable. I am sure the next of kin could really use this money. It would seem much more likely for you to find the next of kin, knowing your clients name and address and such. I don’t know, just a thought. You found me after all, way over here in Central Florida. LOL ok, now I get it! We divided Florida up too!

Oh well, my dear friend, I will let you know if this whole $20M clearing house sweepstakes thing doesn’t work out for us and I really hope you are able to get rid of all that extra money over there in Africa.

Truly yours too,

Craig



~sigh~

And the money just keeps rolling in. I do plan to share with all my blogging friends. I also expect my follower count to really start climbing any day now.

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wandering...


"Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien

~grin~


Honey my baby saw this quote and thought of me. I saw this duck and thought of you. Thank you for following my blog.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sun Flower

Click to enlarge.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Minor Surgery


Darby the Golden Retriever

Brace yourselves my dear readers. I am about to let you in on a little piece of personal information about an upcoming surgery I am considering. Nothing to make a fuss about I assure you. It’s just something I have been meaning to do for some time now. Before you folks start pulling out your prayer list, incense, and tea leaves, just hear me out.

I am seriously considering having the button taken out of my ars! What is it with children, dogs, and telephones? I no sooner sit down in my nice leather theater seat in front of the TV and BAM, just like clock work Darby the Golden Retriever wanders over and stands there looking at me. You people must know what I am talking about. If you ever had any of these three things I know you know what I am talking about. You sit down and like magic the button gets mashed and there they come, holler, bark, or ring!

Darby has tuned in on whatever frequency my particular butt button is tuned to. Like I said, he comes over then stares at me. I know it’s coming so I just stare back and eventually say WHAT?. This just encourages him and so he growls or grunts whatever is considered just below a growl. I turn away and this triggers more conversation. Bark! Ughhh. Bark, he says, you know I have to poop! Let me out. Ughhhh, Darby, I just let you out five minutes ago! Yea, he says, but you didn’t mash the button so I couldn’t; now I can! LET ME OUT!

I am having it taken out. I am having whatever scan there is to find this cursed button and having it removed. So, pray if you must, burn the little smelly sticks if you must, read the leaves if you must, but don’t worry, I am sure it will be fine.

~sigh~

But Darby, I am gonna miss “So you think you can dance”! Ugh!

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4th


~Free~

God bless America.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My first Sky Watch Friday





Contrails!

Also Please visit the SkyWatch home page.

~wink~

Don't you love happy skies?

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Bike Week 2009



~grin~

You should have seen the chick this bike belong to!

Just and observation...

Craig Glenn


Monday, June 29, 2009

What movie would you like to see sir?




I know that I am not old in the grand scheme of things. “Old” seems to have a lot more to do with perspective than with facts or hard data on the subject. I will wait patiently, something that I acquired with time and by no means God given, God honed, or God infused, perhaps, but not natural to my good nature, but I will wait patiently for the inevitable comments to come about what a baby I am. In my brothers case of course I am an antiquity from the dark ages, but those comment have slowed down quite a bit since he crossed the forty something threshold. The point of this post is not however to quibble over how we define “old” but rather come to terms with the inevitable trap of age as it relates to time and perspective.

I will make it easy for you so there is no guessing involved. I was born on October 31 1962. That’s right; I was 2-3 years old before I knew my name wasn’t ‘Pumpkin’. Being born on Halloween had no other advantages that I have found. No, I am not embarrassed by it and yes the red-head has picked up on it. My brother, most of you know as Scooter, is six years younger than me. We have passed the lordy lordy forty barrier and I think we are both seeing life a lot differently than we did before. The down side of this new found wisdom is that ‘others’ see us differently too! Yea Scooter, I said ‘US’, deal with it!

This became blaringly obvious to me the last time Maureen and I took little Sara to see a movie. We waited in line until the 12 year old (what happened to child labor laws?) behind the bullet proof glass with her Brittney Spears headset on, called us forward. I took out my plastic money and said to the metal speaker, “two adults and one child, please”. I was immediately greeted with an expression only a teenage girl can make, you know the one, “DUH?”, and “which movie would you like to see sir?”. I looked at the red-head for conformation, what’s wrong with this girl, my shrug asked?, is she on drugs?...

Maureen just smiled to assure me I was having one of my time warp senior moments and looked at the child in the window and said, “Night at the museum”, as if that explained everything. WELL EXCUSE ME! Whose idea was it to put 32 movies in one building anyway?!? I know they have been around a while! I get it! What was I thinking?

~sigh~

Perhaps I was just remembering a simpler time. When the little girl behind the window didn’t call you sir and you watch the movie that was in town at the time. Change is good, I guess; keeping up is a bitch sometimes.

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn



Friday, June 19, 2009

Love

(Photo by Scooter)


Love

Love is a mystery
And quite often elusive.
Sought for eternally
I’ve found nothing conclusive.

But sometimes it's simple
As easy as one, two, three!
Your tails in a crimple
Just get naked and be free!

~wink~

Ain't love grand!

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In The Garden


IN THE GARDEN
C Austin Miles
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear,
Falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
I'd stay in the garden with Him,
Tho' the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go;
Thro' the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

And he walks with me
And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.



They say God speaks to us. I don’t know. I guess I have always been one of those who believe that He gave us the bible for that reason. This is not some big theological question that is haunting me. I am not looking for enlightenment, sorry Braja, I mean that only as it relates to this post! LOL.

I do have to wonder though, when I see people all over the world freaking out over a piece of toast or rust on their bathtub, why would God choose to communicate that way and why to only certain people. I guess it’s just human nature to want to see Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in everything. Maybe it gives them hope in a world that seems to have slid off it’s axis at times.

At any rate, perhaps my brother the philosopher will have some insight on this latest communication. Please consider the photo above carefully. I promise I have not edited it in any way. I did crop it for context but that is all. First of all it’s not a good photo from a bird blogger point of view. I was shooting against the light and hoping to just get a good silhouette shot of this Mallard.

Now look at the reflection in the water. Is it just me or is that Daffy Duck!

~sigh~

What is God trying to tell me now?!?

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Looking up old friends


Over the last year I have really enjoyed the world of social network marketing. I found it a fun way to communicate with friends and family. This all started with a Facebook account and grew to Twittering and Blogging. Although my ‘friends’ list looks pretty sad to most, I am quite happy with the results so far. I am constantly amazed at people with 238 friends! I am sure I don’t know 200+ people! Nevertheless, SNM is a convenient way to keep in touch with my children, brother, and close friends. What a great way to share photo’s and trivialities like “what are you doing now”?

There is a special kind of joy in hearing form one of your kids as soon as they experience some new found joy in life, usually as soon as they feel it themselves. Blogging has opened my sheltered horizons and afforded me with new friends across the globe. I have taking two of my passions, nature and writing, and now have become a happy member of online blogging communities with wonderful people that share my interest.

One of the many project ideas I have for my blog ‘Craig’s Observations’ is to telling stories from my childhood. I tell these stories often to whoever will listen and seem to get a lot of positive feedback. As you can imagine, reliving these stories takes you back and I can’t resist looking people of from my past to see where they are in life and reconnecting if I can.

One particularly funny story involved a close neighborhood friend and I burning down his fathers’ barn. It was most likely just a wood shed with tin siding but you would thought it was the Taj Mahal when his father got hold of us. But before I tell the story let me share with you what I have discovered to be the dark side of all this instant access to global knowledge. My friends name was Lee Shinholster. Not a common name so I thought this would be a snap. I had not seen or heard from him since my family and I moved from that small town in south Georgia when I was 13 years old. Although the story took place when we were around 9 or 10.

I Googled my old childhood friend and this is what I found.

The Ocilla Star Newspaper, Dec. 1998Lee ShinholsterMr. Lee Shinholster of Fitzgerald died Saturday," December ,5,' 1998, in Fitzgerald. He was 36. Mr. Shinholster was born June 21, 1962, in Worth County, the son of Danny L. Shinholster and Faye Mixon Smith. He was sales manager of Haulmark of Georgia in Fitzgerald. Mr Shinholster had lived, in the community most of his life. He was a former employee of Harvey's Supermarket,Fitzgerald Ford-Lincoln Mercury and Pace America of Fitzgerald. He had_served in the U. S. Navy. Mr. Shinholster was talented musician and sang with the Gospel singing group, Witness. He was a member of Ocilla Church of God.Survivors' include his wife, Julie Croft Shinholster of Fitzgerald; one son, Travis Shinholster; mother, Faye M. Smith of Fitzgerald; father, Danny Shinholster of Sylvester; and one brother, Curt Smith of Fitzgerald.Services were held at Paulk Funeral Home Chapel of Fitzgerald on Monday, December 7 at 4 p.m., with Rev. Gene Evors, Rev. Walter Shuman and Rev. Sonny.Pate officiating. Interment was held at Evergreen Cemetery of Fitzgerald. Paulk Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


I was too late.

As I said, I had not heard from or seen Lee since I was 13. In my head he was still 13. I made this discovery a couple of months ago but have put off writing this until now. I suppose you could guess why. I do not know the details of his passing. I do not know what kind of man he became or what life he led other than what is revealed in the obituary above. All I have are simple childhood memories of the friend I once had that lived up on the paved road no more than a block from my house on the dusty dirt road.

All of my memories are from the eyes of a child. Everything is bigger than I am sure it was in real life; the barn, the fire, the distance from my house to his. This is hard to write, not because of grief, but because of the overwhelming flood of memories from that time and space. It’s hard to focus on just the story when you remember every detail and can see it in your head like an old video forever stored in your mind. Memories like watching my father with a water hose spraying the dirt road in front of the house late in the evening to keep the dust down from all the people coming home from work. Images like these are slamming into my conscious like walking into a door you forgot was there.

So at the risk of loosing my readers I will try and finish the story. Lee and I had somehow managed to convince our parents to let us camp out in the barn overnight. Remember we were most likely 9 or 10 years old. We had some fire wood but it was wet. Being the creative kids we were we developed a plan to really get the fire going. We had our fire pile and our wood pile. It was decided, by whom, I do not remember, that we would presoak the wood pile with gasoline. Yea I know…

I remember picking up a stick of wood and throwing it at the fire. You had to throw it you see, it was soaked in gasoline and went SWOOSH when it hit the fire. Imagine the fun at that age! Anyway, the piece I threw hit the fire and bounce back into the gas soaked wood pile, which was right next to the wood wall of the barn. Next thing we know there are fire trucks involved and Lee’s daddy is chasing him around the yard with a belt and I am screaming, “it was my fault, it was my fault”, to no avail.

You have to trust me when I say it was a funny story told in the right context. Now it’s just a childhood memory of an old friend that I will never see again. I have no way to contact his family or no way of knowing if they even remember the kid that lived down on the little dirt road called Flint Street.

~sigh~

If these humble words do find their way to the family of my friend, please let them know that I am sorry. I am sorry about the barn and I am sorry for their loss.

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn


Friday, June 5, 2009

Cypress Cone




Lost in thought:

I actually looked that up in an online dictionary. Maybe I have lost more than a thought!

It did occur to me that I had not written in a while and I am sure my few readers were wondering if I too was lost. Perhaps so, but not in the since that my creditors and persecutors could not find me. I do feel lost sometimes though and think perhaps many people do. The definition, by the way, said that to be lost in thought was “concentrating or pondering over something”. I do this a lot, ponder that is. Maureen says I wander a lot too, but that is another post. Yes, I did mean wander and not wonder, although I do wonder why I wander so much.

This all started while on my daily lunch walk yesterday. I was drawn to a small cypress tree off to the side of the walk. They are now quite green and starting to grow small cones, so I stepped off the side walk and wandered over to take a closer look as I often do on my walks in hopes of finding some interesting bug or observation in nature to post on my nature blog. I did in fact find a really cool stink bug and have posted him proudly on the nature blog. But, I was not lost yet.

It was the small green carved cone that did slip me from reality. As I said before this happens to me a lot and I wonder what the passers by must think the strange man in the middle of the city is doing as he stares into the bushes? I am sure many a finger has been tempted to call 911 and report the weirdo with the camera as he peers through the branches! It was a most peculiar sight as you can now see; a lovely shade of green and carved by the hands of God himself.

So I stood there; lost; lost in my thoughts. I do not know how much time passed. I do not know how many cars passed behind me. The stink bug was only inches away, but I had not discovered him yet. Thoughts, at the speed of electricity firing from neuron to neuron, passed through my head. Thoughts of God. Thoughts of man. Thoughts of this man. Feelings of insignificance. Wonderment. Curiosity. You know, the normal stuff that goes through one’s mind when they are lost. Or is it just me? LOL I wonder…

~sigh~

Maybe I should have just posted the photo and waited for the oooo’s and ahhh’s. Perhaps some thoughts are best lost.

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I will not weep


I am going to attempt to make a point without getting bogged down with all the details. I know this will come back to bite me in the ars… but here we go.

Here is my premise: I am convinced that we as a nation weep for the wrong people.

I have chosen two subjects in the news to make this point; the treatment of terrorist and the crucifixion of Michael Vick. Look out toes I am about to step on some!

Let’s talk about what this is not. This is not a 9/11 tribute, I could never do that day justice. This is not about cruelty to animals, so back off PETA heads. This is simply a 10,000 foot view of how the media, driving by whatever forces that be, wish to promote their agenda to elicit an emotional response to further a cause. I will also point out that there has to be the rule of law and of course I in no way condone cruelty to animals. That being said here is my observation.

Are you really asking me to feel sorry for the terrorist? Really? ‘Cause you are not going to like my answer. On the one hand, I do not necessarily believe we should go around poking bamboo shoots up the fingers of prisoners and I really don’t think this is what they were doing. Do I feel sorry for the poor terrorist with a hood on being intimidated by a big mean dog? NOOOOO, I do not. So you can show that picture on the news all you want. I just close my eyes and see towers falling and trust me the pain I feel is not for the poor terrorist.

I am not a waterboarding expert and don’t really know all that it entails, but it certainly seems a damn sight shy of a having an exploding 747 shoved up his ars. Did we pour jet fuel on him and throw a match? I don’t think so. In short I am not above pushing some murdering terrorists’ buttons and inflicting a little discomfort in order to prevent another 9/11.

Michael Vick did a bad thing. If you ask me, he paid an appropriate price for it. I love nature and animals and this is evidenced by my nature blog that I spend so much time on. So don’t start on me with how the animals were treated. Dog fighting is wrong and a stupid activity for civilized humans to be involved with. However, if you ask me I find it very convenient that we can overlook fellow humans beating each others brains out in front of millions of people after they get their bets down. I know, I know, those people have a choice, but stay with me. I agree that dog fighting is wrong and we shouldn’t do it and we should punish the ones that do. I just wanted to drop that thought out. Hypocrisy is the sliest of all human failures and so easily overlooked.

Now back to Michael and what the media would have us do with him. Should he be allowed to play football again? Are you kidding me? If this was some Joe Smo working down at the Wal Marts, who would really care if he was allowed to go back to work after he did his time. Leave the man alone. And if you think I am a Michael Vick fan, you are wrong. I couldn’t even tell you what team he played for and I have never seen him play. I am just tired of the media feeding on something that is over. The man seems to have learned his lesson and is volunteering his time to repay his sins to nature and society. Let him go back to work.

Yea, you say but what does that say to the children who worship sports heroes. Well it says this you idiot, they are just men and they make mistakes. When they do, they have to pay for them. If they are strong they will get back on the horse and carry on. Is that such a bad lesson?

~sigh~

So there you have it my dear reader. I will not weep for the terrorist. When a man pays for his sins and shows real repentance, who am I to put him on the cross?

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

HEY, cut out that racket!


An 82 year old man from Goslar, central Germany, had reached his breaking point and called police to report his neighbors irritating music. At odd intervals, the same song would be playing over and over throughout the day. Police arrived to find a musical greeting card on the windowsill overlooking the neighbor’s house. The slightest breeze opened the card just enough to play the tune.

~sigh~

Why do those people keep singing Happy Birthday to me?

Just and observation…

Craig Glenn

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hey lady! Mind if I zapp your kid?

Sgt. Walter Schmidt of Carrabelle, FL after zapping at least two kids with a 50,000 volt stun gun for demonstration purposes, is most likely questioning him judgment now. Apparently, the Department of Corrections Secretary is not. He has been fired. Sgt. Schmidt has been reported as saying that the parents gave him permission to shock the kids during thier "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" event.

~sigh~

Sure, go ahead, zapp ‘em! I could use the money…

Dumb ars…

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Possible origin of swine flu


I wanted to share a popular photo going around the internet. Is this how it it got started?

~sigh~

I doubt it.

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Friday, April 24, 2009

Look at me!


Look at me! I’m falling!... oh crap…

According to FoxNews, a 23 year old man pretended to fall off a bridge, then actually fell.

A man called 911 to report his friend had fallen from a bridge at 5:00 AM last Sunday morning. He stated that his buddy said to pull over because he had to urinate. The 23 year old climbed to the ledge of the bridge, looked back at his friend, pretended to fall, and then, fell 30 feet into the marsh below.

Alcohol was involved in the incident.

~sigh~

Yoda says, do or don’t do, there is no pretend to do.

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Time Travel - Time to travel?


According to wftv.com, Bay County Sheriff’s deputies did battle Tuesday morning. An unidentified man in the Sting Ray Motel was acting a bit strange so the manager called 911. The Deputies were meet with resistance as 33-year-old Terrence Croskery through a battle ax and a 6’inch knife out the window. He then drew his broad sword and locked himself in the bathroom and promptly passed out.

If you ask me I say this is proof positive of the governments’ secret Time Travel project! I mean if someone yanked you out of the 5th century, you would be pissed too! Right?

~sigh~

What’s that Hun? But I don’t want to go….

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Florida strikes again

Coconut Grove, FL

According to ClickOrlando.com, Police are questioning a 19 year old woman that was found sleeping in the back seat of a stolen vehicle.

Police say the SUV was stolen be the woman and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend pulled over to take a piss in the wrong neighborhood with the car running and the door open. That’s right, you guessed it! While the girlfriend slept in the backseat someone stole the car!

The carjacker, who stole the car at gunpoint has not been found.

~sigh~

Crime on crime doesn’t pay either.

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

That hollow feeling



Do you ever get that hollow feeling? I think you know what I mean. I could be the only one I suppose but that just makes the feeling all the more pathetic. Please don’t let me be the only one! Please tell me that life just sneaks up and bites you in the ass from time to time. Circumstance, be it my own making or as my friend Braja would point out, just karma, seems to suck the life force right out of you until you are nothing but an empty shell of wasted flesh.

Ok, now before all three of my faithful reader start sending emails and comments trying to talk me off the ledge, take a breath and relax. Perhaps I overstate a bit and things are not as bad as they seem. I have been silent for a while and not writing as much as I would like but it’s because I hold back and don’t want to write what I am really thinking so I don’t write. Does that make any since? Of course it does!

Who among us has not felt like this little dog must be feeling. Having the light of condemnation and introspection shoved down their throats only to find that there is nothing left! But let them look. Screw ‘em and the horse they rode in on! That’s what I say.

~sigh~

Y’all have a nice day.

Just an observation,

Craig Glenn

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Stress Management Technique


Just in case you are having a rough day, here is a stress management technique.

The funny thing is that it really does work and will make you smile.

1. Picture yourself lying on your belly on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.

2. Picture yourself with both your hands dangling in the cool running water.

3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.

4. No one knows your secret place.

5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.

6. The soothing sound of a gentle water fall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

7. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you are holding underwater.

There!! See? It really does work.


~sigh~

What a nice dream…

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Friday, April 3, 2009

911! I am locked in my car!

Only in Florida! That’s right my loyal readers I am back after a break from blogging and there is no shortage of Florida brainiacs to get the ball rolling. This story comes to us from Kissimmee Fl, the home of Disney World and technology depended, errrr, people. This is far to close to home to call this one an idiot but you get my point.

“It’s getting very hot in here, and I’m not feeling well,” the lady explained to the 911 operator. She explained that all the electrical systems were out in her car and the doors were locked up tight. The panic stricken woman was in dire straights for sure.

Thank goodness for a calm professional dispatcher who told her to try pulling the lock up manually with her hand. Once again the highly trained 911 has saved another life. “Um, I’m sorry,” the unidentified woman said, after the lock opened.

Listen the woman's call to 911.

~sigh~

Y’all know I am not really from Florida, I just live here…

Just an observation…

Craig Glenn

Thursday, April 2, 2009

CDC Warning


The Centre for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically. This virus is called Weary Overload Recreational Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever - DO NOT TOUCH IT.

This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises. Take two good friends to the nearest grocery store and purchase one or both of the antidotes - Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Refreshment (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

~sigh~

I believe I have it...

Just an observation...

Craig Glenn

Friday, February 27, 2009

Begin at the beginning


Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


"If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time." — Zig Ziglar


The answer is no, I am not trying to inspire you to action. The truth is, I am trying to inspire me. I don’t want to be left standing at the fork in the road asking the wrong questions. I want to question to be “which of these roads will take me to my desired objective?” Yes I do have objectives, goals, a bucket list if you will. The question is am I brave enough to voice them and seek for them? Will I ask the right question? Will my aim be true and precise?

~sigh~

Why can’t life be this easy… or is it?

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. ~Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland


Just and observation…

Craig

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Great Train Robbery

I know you are thinking Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland, me too!



Train robberies as a whole seem problematic to me. First there is the whole problem of “hey how do you drive one of these things?”. “Is there a steering wheel?” “Where is the gas pedal?”



Evidently this was not a problem in a resent Miami theft. A 120 ton diesel freight train was stolen from a storage unit in Miami. They did not find the thief, but the train was easy enough to “track” down.


~sigh~

Sorry I couldn’t resist.

Just and observation,
Craig

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

An Observation in Humanity...

Today’s scores: 75 – 29

I remember an old comedy bit on the radio from when I was a boy. This sports announcer would give the days scores without mentioning who won. Well I guess you had to be there but it was funny back then.

Here is a score for you, 75 is more than 29; a lot more, especially when the numbers represent ages.

Samuel Dallas Jarvis, 29, in his youthful wisdom, committed a snatch and grab on a 75 year old Stuart Florida victim. He ran off with this gentleman’s brand new laptop and printer. He only made it 8 feet. This old man chased him down, tackled him, and held him until an off duty Martin Co deputy joined in and made sure Jarvis was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and battery on a person over the age of 65.

~sign~

The ignorance of youth, never underestimate the hard work of this generation.

Just an observation,

Craig

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

An Observation in Time...

Spring is in the air!


I am learning to think globally now that I am a sophisticated blogger and all. Times are tough. No, I don’t mean “times are tough” like gas is $2.00 a gallon and poor GM needs a trillion billon dollars to save itself from itself. I mean keeping up with time, the o’clock kind of time, is tough. Why did Joan comment on my blog at 1:00 in the morning? Does she work nights? Is she a night owl? Oh, maybe it’s the fact that she is in South Africa! I think she is ahead of us here in the good old land of the bailouts. So does that mean she comments on my blog post before I write them and they just catch up later??? Oh, times are tough for a simple minded country boy.

Not only are times tough in our global community, seasons are tough as well. Take David McMahon in the land down under. They are just moving out of the heat of summer. This summer was a scorcher, in more ways than one, for our beloved friends in Australia. Fall is just around the corner for him with some well deserved relief from 115 degree temps. Not so here in central Florida. We had a mild winter. The mercury only dropped to freezing two maybe three nights all winter.

I love spring! This is my favorite time of year. The days are getting longer. No more waiting for my ride home in the dark. The clocks will spring forward soon and we will have another hour to play with. I guess this too would be another example of a localized phenomenon in the global community of our blog world. Is the US the only country that uses daylight savings time?

Flowers are bursting forth with reckless abandon. The birds are all twitter-patted. The grass will soon be green again. And yes, the most important thing of all about spring, baseball is just around the corner!

To all my blogging friends around the world, Happy Spring, whether it’s spring there or not!

Just an observation,

Craig