Category: Life


Old Guys With Guns

US VP Dick Cheney, while hunting quail, shot a fellow hunter by accident over the weekend.

According to the AP, “The accident was not reported publicly by the vice president’s office for nearly 24 hours, and then only after it was reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on its Web site Sunday.

McBride said the vice president’s office did not tell reporters about the accident Saturday because they were deferring to Armstrong to handle the announcement of what happened on her property.”

Are you a Food Lion shopper?

The Moore County Relay For Life has been signed up with the Food Lion Shop & Share Program. If you go online and enter your MVP card #(it takes all 12 digits, you have to look close) they will share with us. It does not increase your bill. just go to and click on add or register MVP cards. You can also print sign up sheets and fliers. Thanks to LaVern for thinking to do this!

When you have to choose a state, choose NC. Then choose Carthage as the city. From there, the rest is easy.


Can you believe I already have my tax stuff to the accountant for 2005? And it’s not even April! Or, for that matter, any extension deadline thereafter!

In the US, the tax burden is born by the middle class. If you have broadband, please take some time to watch this episode of PBS’s Frontline, called Tax Me if You Can.

Daytona 500

I just got a call from my brother, who is working at the Daytona 500. He says Daytona Security just backed over the Budweiser dog and killed it! :( This isn’t something you’ll see on the news, but you heard it here first!

Late night

Last night we worked on programming a router for DSL. I made a mistake that made us have to stay several hours longer than we really needed to. I hate when I do that! I was in a fog though, from being tired and on dex. It’s not really conducive to doing good work. We left about 3:30 am, and I was able to sleep almost immediately when I got home. I slept until after 2:00 this afternoon! I could go back to bed now, but I hate wasting so much sleeping.

I start my 4 days off of dex tomorrow. Thank goodness. I like the days off. After a few more months, I’ll go to taking dex for just 4 days a month (40 mg each day). That will be a relief. One thing dex does do though, is help with aches and pains. I’ll notice that, for sure. I have some arthritis which will ache more.

My blood sugar has been good this time around. Still high for me, but better than in the past. For example, when I woke up this morning, it was 102 mg/dL. There have been times in the past when it was near 200. Usually, I can expect it to be somewhere between 75 and 90. After a meal, it can go to 130 or so. When on dex though, look out! It can go as high as 230. I keep on walking and avoid simple carbs and sugars to keep it as low as I can.

Killed in Iraq

Our new neighbor was killed in Iraq last week. He had just built a new home on our street a few months ago. I never got the chance to meet him, because he was rarely home. Now I know why. He was overseas. There are a few soldiers living on our street. We’re quite close to Fort Bragg, the home of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Dog trouble

I took my dog out for a walk this evening, and what actually ended up happening was a fight with another dog. A very small Yorkshire terrier that wasn’t on a leash. I found out that I’m not in control of my dog. Not even close. I don’t have a BIG dog. He’s a collie/golden mix, and is about 56 lbs. It took every ounce of strength to get him away from the other dog (who kept running TOWARD my dog). I put my entire weight into it, and it was hard work. It was dark out. I like to walk at night. One reason I take my dog out at night is that we’re less likely to encounter anyone. Sometimes he will behave himself if we see people or other dogs, and sometimes he won’t. I took him immediately home and called to sign up for obedience training. I haven’t been a very good dog owner, because I haven’t been firm with him at all. Lately, he’s gotten more and more bratty! This morning I made some bread and left it on the counter. Within a few minutes he had it on the floor. When I tried to take it away from him, he growled at me! Anyway, the beginning obedience class starts on Sunday and runs 8 weeks. After that, there are other classes we can take. I’m interested in getting him to listen to commands and to stop his aggressive behavior.

When I take Buddy to the dog park, where they’re all allowed off their leashes, he seems to do fine. It’s when he’s on a leash that he becomes a monster. In the meantime, I’m going to stop using the retractible leash and just keep him on a short leash. When he pulls, I’ll have to stop him. Giving him more leash because he pulled was a reward for bad behavior.