It was time for me to buy a new car. My old car was just fine but I wanted a new one. So today I went out and bought the 2017 Ford Escape. I had an Escape from 2002 to 2006 and got rid of it because it didn’t get great gas millage. Now the new one gets much better gas millage. I got the Titanium 4WD 2.0 Ecoboost engine. It has almost every option you can get on the Escape. I’ll be posting a video soon showing the new car and the cool features. Until then, enjoy this picture.
Unfortunately the Supreme Court has stepped in and halted the beginning of marriage equality in Virginia. We’ll have to wait now until they rule for the whole country. Sad but we’ve waited this long, we can wait a bit longer.
It seems like my blog has turned into a video blog. While that may look like the case, it isn’t. My latest hobby is creating videos and posting them to my YouTube Channel. I embed them here so those who don’t go to my YouTube Channel can see the videos.
However, I am still looking for birds, still taking lots of photographs, and still think of things to share on the blog. Just the other day I was at Scotts Run Nature Preserve recording video and taking pictures. One of the pictures I took was of the waterfalls. I slowed down the shutter speed and adjusted the other settings for the light conditions and came up with what I think is an amazing photo. Click the picture to make it bigger to see the detail.
I do have lots to say about the current happenings in the world and the US but I just haven’t spent time to write them down or to even record a video of how I feel about them. Maybe soon I’ll do just that. In the mean time, enjoy the videos and keep checking in. Actually, I don’t even know if anyone is coming to the blog anymore. We’ll see.
Today I finished my 27th year of teaching. That brings me closer to retirement. I haven’t had any official estimate of when I can actually retire but I do think it’s between 3 and 5 years. Next fall I’ll get an estimate of when I can actually retire. However, I am ready to retire now. If I could only win the lottery, I’d retire tomorrow!
30 days from today I’ll be 50 years old. I don’t think turning 50 is a bad thing. I don’t usually stress over birthdays so this one should be reached without much fanfare. Things are pretty good right now. I have a solid career that I’ll be retiring from in the next 3 to 5 years. My relationship is very strong. We’ve almost been together for 10 years. I have several hobbies that keep me busy in my free time. I would like to be making more money but that’s what I get for taking a public sector job. I’m pretty materialistic and always want more things but I hope in my older age I’ll put less importance on items. I would like to be thinner and be a bit healthier but I make choices that won’t make that happen unless I change my ways. Overall though I’m pretty happy and pretty content in my life right now. I don’t think turning 50 will have too much of an effect on me. It’s a milestone birthday but I don’t expect much to change.
On this holiday I’m reminded of presidents past who have made more of an impression on the country than any of the more recent presidents. In terms of the what role religion should play in our country, the founding fathers had the right idea. I found this article about how our founding fathers felt about religion and government. I wish our more current presidents would take the same view as our founding fathers. Here are just a few quotes from presidents past on the topic of religion. As the article is titled, I’m sure christians would hate these quotes.
“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”
~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by Founding Father John Adams
“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.”
~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
“The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”
~Founding Father James Madison, 1819, Writings, 8:432, quoted from Gene Garman, “Essays In Addition to America’s Real Religion”
“We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition… In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.”
~Founding Father George Washington, letter to the members of the New Church in Baltimore, January 27, 1793
Over the last few days my site was hacked on my hosting service side. I lost all my posts over the last four years. I have all the photos, podcasts, and videos but no posts or comments. I’m just sick about it. I had so many memories posted. And I could kick myself for not using the automatic backup turned on. I had it turned on on all my other sites but not this one. I might try to reconstruct some of my posts but it will take forever. So I guess I’ll start over and begin from today on.
Update! I had forgotten that back in December I had created a copy of my blog on my local computer. Thankfully I was able to just export the entire blog with comments and all and then import it back to my site. All is back to normal I think.
Throwback Thursday is supposed to be about yourself but I couldn’t let this go. Seven years ago today Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. The iPhone has had a major impact on society and the way we use our phones and access the internet. It does so much. There was an article on the Huffington Post today about seven things the iPhone has killed over the years. I have to agree with each one. Check out the article and see if you agree. Happy Birthday, iPhone!
So here is my actual throwback Thursday photo. This is me in the spring of 1975 when I was in 5th grade singing a solo at the spring concert of the Glee Club. Yes, it was actually called the Glee Club….way before Glee. The song was “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” The guy in the background wearing the same baseball uniform also had a part in the song. I had a little crush on him at the time but he was oh so straight. Today he’s fat, bald, and has a ton of kids. Anyway, I remember singing that song and getting a lot of attention for that role. My singing career was pretty much limited to elementary school…except for 7th grade where I played Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” I had a song to sing during that play but after that I didn’t do anymore singing.
Ten years ago today I started blogging. I started my blog on Blogger and under a different name. That blog lasted 7 years until I had to take it down because some asshole reported it to my work place. In 2010 I started blogging under this name and plan to keep it that way into the future. Over the years I’ve posted about 4000 entries and received about 1000 comments.
I checked out the internet archive to see if there were any screen captures of my original site but I could only find this one from 2004, about three months after I started the blog. I noticed on the screen capture that I started a website in 1997. I remember that one. It was on AOL. There is no evidence of that one anywhere.
Many of the bloggers I made friends with years ago are no longer blogging. Homer is still blogging. He’s one of the originals. There are a few others but I’ve lost touch with them.
My blog now is mostly for recording things that happen in my life and for posting pictures that I have taken. It’s become more of a record for me then anything else. I like to look back and see what a posted on certain dates in time. I started restoring the archive back to the beginning but I let that go a while ago. I hope to get back to it at some point. It would be good to have the complete 10 years in one place. Maybe sometime in the future.