Sunday, February 25, 2007

It better not have been the Guiness speaking!

Fact, Fiction, or Fantasy! It doesn't really matter.

Mike Kline steps up to play the heck out of a cowbell with a band called "Forgetter."

"Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription is MORE COWBELL." (Christopher Walkens + SNL)

It better not have been the Guiness speaking!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Hands Free Driving at it's Best

What Were You Doing When You Should Have Been Driving? Getting Innovative!

Rubber bands are driver's best friend. Friday begins Albuquerque's 60 day warning period for driving and talking on a hand-held cell phone.


Friday, February 16, 2007

Celebrating Black History Month

a living legend in the Southwest! History.

"Pete Powdrell can indeed make a piece of wood good enough to eat."

- Dennis Domrzalski (I second that!)

In Celebrating Black History, here are some resources to delve into.

Black History:

Black History Month:

The African American Life and History:

The African American Mosaic:

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Neighborhood Vandal’s Collard by 40 Year Old Vigilante

No, it was not Colonel Mustard in the hallway with a knife. It was me talking with my wife in the kitchen, drinking an ice cold beverage, after a long day at work. In the middle of our nice conversation, we were startled to hear a huge explosion and the sound of broken, shattering glass in the backyard. Someone had thrown an object over the back wall and had hit our bay window glass. My wife and I raced out the back door and looked over the back wall into the night with no sound or sight of anyone around. I decided to jump over the wall and my son takes off out the front door and races down the back way to the park to cut anyone off at the pass. As I stared into the darkness of night, I used a night vision technique I learned in the military to spy out any movement, I still saw no one. Moving slowly up the path I spooked two guilty kids hiding in the saltbush.

Lets face it, if I had called 911, I would have waited for three hours before a policeman showed up and the to top it all off, the police would have never found the young culprits. Although, I don’t necessarily advocate taking the law into ones own hands, it was the right decision in this case.

It had been a number of years and forty pounds since my body felt the need and urge to sprint, but thanks to muscle memory, I tore off after the two kids. I caught one of the boys by grabbing him by his collar, and then watched the other vandal disappear into his house, up the road from my home. Using a method of strategic questioning I gathered the names of the two boys and the location of their homes.

James and Steven are the boy’s names. The boy’s lied like the devil himself. Blatant lies and rotten attitude describes the busted duo. Both James and Steven quickly implicated the other one in the crime and each claimed the other one threw the bottles. Two bottles filled with trapped water. The boys were cocky and disrespectful. When asked why they decided to attack my home with an unprovoked, premeditated burst of vandalism, they had no response. What did the boys have to gain, but a royal booty kicking? This was a great opportunity to open up a “Can-of-whoop-buns…but, I did not.

In my opinion, it won’t be long until these two make a visit to the D-Home (Detention Center). After speaking with each of their moms in regards to the incident, my son brought up a second incident these young boys were involved in. It turns out these are the same two juvenile delinquents that tried to break into my son’s car a few weeks back. Strike-one and strike-two are thrown and the police were not involved. If or when strike-three occurs the boys will receive their due. Everyone I speak with in regards to this incident expresses the same theme. All say, “I am stupid” for giving the boys another chance. Am I stupid? I forgive them for making a stupid decision.

Take Away: In hindsight, James and Steven never even apologized. The boys were not sorry for their actions, they were sorry they got caught. The boy's moms were both embarrassed and sorry, but the boys were not. What is society coming to? Where has our collective social conscience gone?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Kevin Cornell + Mojo the Sock Monkey!

Working with e-Recruit software will drive you crazy!

Thanks to Mr. Colin Scroggins I have been introduced to Kevin Cornell's awesome motivational series titled "Mojo the Sock Monkey." I now get motivation daily and they do motivate me. To compliment the series of art prints (3) I made a one off of Colin to match (as a joke).

Introducing "Colin the GPS Sock Monkey..."

GPS = e-Recruit, PeopleSoft, Get People System.

Check out Kevin's other art work!


Friday, February 09, 2007

No Hand Held Cell Phones While Driving!

What Were You Doing When You Should Have Been Driving? No longer holding a cell phone and driving in New of February 16, 2007.

More lost Freedom: Good or bad, with the mayor’s signature, Albuquerque has joined Santa Fe, New Mexico in banning the use of hand held cell phones while driving.

Check out Crazy Drivers!
The title says it all. What were you doing when you should have been driving? A whole lot of people drive vehicles, but do they drive safely? Here is what I have observed.

Check out the discussions on

For fun, check out the TRUNK MONKEYS.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Crazy Drivers!

What Were You Doing When You Should Have Been Driving? Obscured View and Driving.

"I Didn't See Them, I Don't See Anything!"

Why do people drive vehicles with an obscured view?

Look over there, a child is riding their bike into the road... or a dog, or a door being opened, or a parent with groceries getting into their car... the list goes on.

Issue: The Handicap Placard is for parking, not driving, although, I am all for creating warning placards for other drivers to beware.

For example, a dear family friend of mine, age 80 something, drove his car without being able to lift his head to look up or turn his head side-to-side due to severe osteoporosis. On one occasion he hit a school bus and on many others he side swiped vehicles and ran over poles.

What kind of placards can we create to warn other drivers of our issues?

What about mental issues, a hot-head, road rage, vulgar, stiff neck, vision, hearing, missing limbs, slow cognitive processing, slow response time, and others? Notice that most of these issues have naught to do with a wheel chair. I think we need new warning placards!

I wonder if a driver is guilty of premeditated murder if they run over someone and kill them with an obscured view. Is it a premeditated crime or not?

Thursday, February 01, 2007

People are often unreasonable and self-centered

“ *People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.*If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. *If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. *If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. *The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. *Give the world your best and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.” ……

-Sister Teresa