Apr 24

Do you ever sit back and shake your head at society?

We all know the world is a crazy place. And there are a lot of things that make things a little more wonky than others. But when the times are tough, take a step back and realize things could be way worse.

In these days, one needs to just look at the Internet and everything that is out there. A good dose of WTF can really go a long way.

Take, for example, this one teacher who thought making a kid clean up a urinal after the kid clogged it with paper towels. On one hand, it seems like a good lesson to teach this young lad. There should always be repercussions when doing something like this. Alas, you have to do it right. If not, in today’s society, you’ll be looking at things highly differently, like after being arrested.

Have you heard this story yet?

A teacher in Florida, nearly 60 years old, was charged with battery after forcing a 10-year-old to clean up his damage. The issue?

She made him do it with his bare hands.



What ever happened to rubber gloves and something to pull the stuff out with? Nah. Instead, our teacher – who had the right idea in having the kid clean it up – apparently didn’t think having the lad go through safety precautions was needed. The kid, of course, denied stuffing the towels in there.

If convicted, this lady could face upward of five years in the clink.

According to several online reports, the police report says the teacher made the boy use a clean paper towel to get the others out. How did she not think they would get wet? So when done, apparently his hands smelled like urine.


She was also accused of not providing the student with cleansing materials after. I’m not sure if that means he wasn’t allowed to wash his hands or if he didn’t get something else.

Now she’s looking at time. The idea was there. The execution of the plan, however, was way off.

No school for you!

This one comes from the file of not being able to make this stuff up. And it shows the lack of common sense that can happen sometimes, too.

Cancer sucks. I think we can all agree there. And when kids get it, it seems to be magnified and 100 times worse.

A 9-year-old girl in Colorado gave a pledge of solidarity with one of her friends – and 11-year-old girl who is battling a rare cancer – by shaving her head in support of her friend.

Apparently, the school decided the youngster had violated – get this – a dress code policy.

The school released a statement saying:

“Caprock Academy does have a detailed dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students. Under this policy, shaved heads are not permitted.”

Imagine that?

You have this brave 11 year old battling cancer, and a friend – two years younger – with the kindness to shave her own head to support her friend.

And you suspend her?


As you can imagine, this spread like wildfire. The school held a vote and allowed the girl to go back to school, via a 3-1 vote. I’m wondering about that person who voted against it. It makes me wonder if that person should be anywhere deciding the fates of children.

How is this not discovered?

Allow me to finish this installment of this feature with a bizarre mystery.

In Tennessee, the remains of 63-year-old twins were found at the house they shared. They were seated in easy chairs and seemingly died together – about three years ago. The remains seemed to show they’d been dead since 2011.

They weren’t the most social of people, according to reports.

They were discovered in late March, when a relative asked police to check on them. The relative had a key. It doesn’t appear to be foul play.

This whole thing, though, makes me shake my head.

How did family members never figure this out? Nobody could call? Visit? Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the twins in years. A family member requested a welfare check in 2011, but nothing seemed out of place, thus not leading to breaking into the house.

Their lawn remained mowed, by neighbors or somebody else.

Apparently, authorities can’t find any relatives. Kind of crazy.

But this isn’t the only mystery. There’s one in Michigan, too, where the mummified body of a lady was found in her jeep, which was parked in her garage.

Get this, though – it’s been figured she’d been dead since 2008 or 2009. She had enough money in her accounts to keep paying bills all those time as they were automatic payments. Neighbors kept up mowing the lawn. But nobody ever found her.

Same idea here, too. How in the name of holy hell was she not discovered sooner? No family or friends? One family member is all of a sudden preaching they need answers (a Facebook page). You need them now? What about since 2009?

And now the niece has a Facebook page called “Mummifed in Michigan.”


Maybe we now know why this lady stayed away from family.

It’s a crazy to think somebody could die and not be discovered for years. And then, once discovered… family members show their faces demanding answers.

Make you wonder.

Society… you never cease to amaze me.

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Snapshot Saturday: April 12

Apr 12

Another blast from the past!

Another little devil!

Say cheese!


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Snapshot Saturday: April 5

Apr 05

Another blast from the past!

Awww, who is this little guy?

Hey, buddy.


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Ahh the spring… please stay!

Apr 03

Could the spring finally be here?

Here’s hoping for it.

This has been a pretty brutal winter. From snow to bitter-cold weather, I don’t recall a winter this bad in our area in a long time. We’ll sometimes get snow or the frigid temperatures, but it’s not often each are so prevalent at the same time.

It was so bad that I didn’t even worrying about finding a geocache. In fact, I haven’t found one since the end of January. And disc golf? Forget about that. I don’t even know the last time I threw a disc and, until the health situation is covered, I don’t know when I’ll throw one.

Alas, it didn’t much matter. This winter was awful.

Hopefully this is a sign to come.

I usually don’t mind going out and doing a few things in the winter. I can handle the cold and, depending on depth, the snow. But when they are both there and you add in the shorter days of light and it can be depressing.

Then, when we hit the time of the year when spring is supposed to be here and winter keeps hanging on, well it’s not easy.

Not one bit.

Now that my foot is fixed and appears to be on the mend (outside of this picc line), I am chomping at the bit to get out and do something. And the weather looks positive, too, with it being in the high 40s/low 50s for much of the 10 days.

I need to get active and outside. The schedule can be tougher, but I need to find the time. I’d like to hide a bunch of new geocaches to get others out and finding them. I’d like to also break out the camera and just go take some photos. I haven’t done that enough in 2014 and really need to get back into it.

This is going to be a different summer than the past couple, being I’m employed. It’s going to be nice to walk out of work and know there’s daylight to do something and know your day isn’t just applying for jobs and trying to make ends meet.

Well, I think I will always be looking to make ends meet!

As long as the area softball league keeps going and everything, I look forward to that this summer, too. It will be my 25th year (sheesh!) playing softball as I started when I was in high school.

But first, the spring.

It was 66 when I left work today. Here’s hoping this is a sign of the season finally changing.

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Photo Blogging Challenge: April 2014′s theme is…

Apr 01

And the start to a second year of this challenge.

Hopefully, in the second year, we can get things rolling and growing a bit more. We did well in the first year, but I really would love to see us get to about 20 consistent participants each month. Can we do it? Only time will tell.

I am hoping, now that the weather is turning, that I will be able to start getting out more and using my camera. This seems like a great month to do just that!

This month’s theme is below. Enjoy!

As a reminder of a few things, let me copy and paste this from last month:

  • I have an e-mail reminder list set up (which I haven’t used lately because nobody seemed to want it. I’d like to start it again, so please let me know if you want in on it). Basically, I’ll e-mail the group with about 10 days left in the month to remind you. When I remember, I’ll also shoot one out the day before the end of the month, as a reminder to post the following day. I can’t always guarantee that one though! If you are not on the list, let me know in the comments below that you would like to be on it. Note: I was bad on this … please join the Facebook group if you can. I update there more often!
  • Second, I set up a Facebook group for those who are interested. Reminders and maybe some discussions or other things can be done there.
  • If you haven’t already, attempt to check out everybody’s posts and consider commenting. These challenges are great for personal growth, but it’s also nice to be interactive with all the others in the challenge! That’s one of the best parts of this challenge — interacting and seeing other people’s work!

Before we hit up this month’s theme, for new people, allow me to refresh the rules a bit.

Here’s how it will work.

  • On the first of each month (or close to it), I’ll have a blog post here with the theme for the month.
  • Over the course of the month, participants will take photos with their interpretation of the theme. On the last day of the month (or close to it), participants should  publish their blog post, which will include five photos from the month. (please don’t recycle photos from the past … the idea is to hopefully challenge you to go out and take new photos each month to interpret the theme). And please only use photos you took.
  • I’ll have a link-up thing at the end of my post so people can come and post the links to their posts so, hopefully, everybody can go go check out and comment on other posts.

There is no rule on equipment or anything. Use a cell phone. Use film. Use a point-and-shoot. Use a DSLR. It doesn’t matter. Just make sure you publish your blog post on the last day of each month, come here and link up.

It’s simple!

Your blog posts can be as simple or as in-depth as you want. I’ll likely talk a little about each photo. But if all you want to do is post photos, feel free. The idea of this is to give a small challenge and give everybody a chance to express themselves with photography, participate in a challenge and have something to blog about.

That’s it. Easy, right? So join in! Help us continue to grow this challenge by telling fellow bloggers/photographers about the challenge and hopefully it can become a great monthly thing!

For those still with me, this month’s theme is: Smile.

I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with here. There are so many ways to do this and I think there will be some great stuff. I can’t wait to see.

Please make sure your blog post publishes Wednesday, April 30

If you think you are going to take part in this, drop a comment below so we can see who all might be trying to tackle this challenge!

History of the challenge (past month’s themes – links to see everybody else’s posts are at the end of the linked post):

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Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2014): One

Mar 31

One year of doing this photo challenge … who knew?

I was hoping to really come up with a set of photos to showcase the theme. I had grand ideas and ended up struggling to find photos I took this month. It’s been a long month. If you haven’t seen it or don’t know the story — I encourage you to read the post I put up last week.

So with that in mind, this month has been tough for blogging and other things for me. Mix in a busy month at work and I was behind. I did get five photos — and I’m stretching it a little here, but that’s the beauty of the challenge.

Without further adieu … here are my five for the month!

1. One foot surgery

Finally, I got the foot surgery. And I had to be in this walking boot for about two weeks.

Fun to walk around in this.

2. One time

I’ve been taking photos of each 1,000 miles with my new car. This milestone won’t be reached again!

6,000 and counting.

3. One piece makes more

At the local St. Patrick’s Day parade, this piece of candy became several.


4. One last time

This was the last time I had to get an IV in the hospital/clinic from the foot surgery. I have to give myself some good stuff, but I haven’t had to go there for anything recently.

No fun.

5. One chief

Our village fire chief fishing during the St. Patty’s Day Parade.


And that’s my five for the month.

If you took part this month, make sure you link up below. And for those who participated, make sure you try and get to other people’s blogs and comment and visit so we can continue to grow this challenge.

Don’t forget, too, to come back Tuesday, April 1 and see the theme for April!

NOTE: I also set up a Facebook group for those who participate in the challenge and are interested. I’ll post any announcements there and hopefully it can be a place where things are discussed and some interaction etc. You can access it here.

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Snapshot Saturday: March 29

Mar 30

Another blast from the past!

I thought I had set this up for yesterday. Alas, I didn’t. Forgot to publish. I need to get more scanned and get it up and ready to go quicker!

Say cheese!


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