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Friday, October 31, 2003

 
Is it because of Halloween?

Usually the searches that bring people to my site are pretty tame, but lately they've been a bit wacky.

Yesterday it was roman goddess hairdos.

Today it is teenage canopy beds and my personal favorite, homemade wooden coffins.



posted by Stacy at 10:55 PM

 
Today we mourn....

but there is much celebrating in the heavenly realms as we say goodbye to one of the great ones.

Mike Yaconelli, founder of Youth Specialties.

Mike lost his earthly life in a fatal car accident Wednesday evening, but we can know that he is now where he most wanted to be.

For more information see the Youth Specialties web site.

posted by Stacy at 9:54 AM

Thursday, October 30, 2003

 
Behavior Modification

Passed out the first "Good Conduct Award" yesterday in an attempt to get the 56 elementary darlings that sit behind my back each morning and afternoon under control.

The award consists of:
1. A genuine Good Conduct Award ribbon....suitable for display.
2. A small prize....of the dollar store variety.
3. The much coveted back seat....for the term of one full week (or
5 school days) and the company of anyone on the bus for the
duration.

It is a success! The kids like it. It was quiet (well, quieter than usual) this morning.


posted by Stacy at 10:42 AM

 
Roman Goddess Hairdos...
is the latest search to bring someone to my little corner of cyber space.

posted by Stacy at 10:07 AM

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

 
Things are looking up!

The outreach committee met last night. I was not looking forward to it, expecting another long drawn ou evening of tossing around ideas, discussing them to death, but accomplishing very little.

Imagine my surprise and delight when a few solid ideas were put on the table and quickly given a plan of action that will make them realities in the very near future. Imagine my even greater surprise when the meeting took a turn off the normal course for this committee and a meaningful discussion ensued about the need to form loving relationships....not only with people outside the church, but also with those already in the church as an elemental part of the church's healing and also as the foundation for creating something better out of the ashes. We left having at least two concrete plans to begin with.

By the way.....the committee is about evenly divided on supporting the pastor or feeling it was time for him to leave. At least two have been very bitter and openly hostile, but we all sat down and worked together in unity.

As our friend, Bennie, likes to say: God is good all the time and all the time, God is good!



posted by Stacy at 7:44 PM

 
Is the emerging church for me?

In writing about why he reads the blogs he does, Brian says:

I am the emerging church in our denomination. Yet I don't feel as disenfranchised as many others do. I am frustrated. I see our denomination heading way too fast toward the PoMo corner and am fairly sure they aren't going to make the turn. But they have recognized me as a legitimate important voice.

I am not a boomer, but I feel like I'm not in the same generation as Rachel, Evans, and even Coop. I guess I'm not. They are late 20's. I am late 30's.


Brian's denomination is also my denomination and his comments interest me (as does his church) because I am feeling much the same as he described. I'm also about the same age, which makes me feel like a sr. citizen compared to most of you. I'd never heard of the emerging church until I started blogging. I'm still not sure that I know how to define "emerging church," but I know that what I read on a lot of the blogs out there creates in me a longing for something like it in my own church experience. I love my church and I love the people in it. I guess as Brian says, I am frustrated. We have good people, but even looking back before the recent difficulties, it just wasn't happening. Maybe this chance we have to rebuild will be a fresh beginning, a chance to create something different. If we do, we will be an oddity in a sea of very traditional churches.

posted by Stacy at 7:24 PM

Monday, October 27, 2003

 
Painful process.

Pastor and his family seem to be working through the feelings and issues surrounding his "resignation" with grace and dignity for the most part. They are moving forward, making plans for the future. They are able to show at least a degree of love and forgiveness to those they blame.

The church is not doing as well. Each Sunday there seem to be fewer members in the services (last week the combined attendance was 106). A few, I know, have left for good. Others are avoiding the stress and hard feelings and will return after Pastor leaves. Of the remaining, some tip-toe around in fear of being confronted by supporters of the pastor and others stalk about like wounded animals, snarling and glaring at everyone who ventures near.

It can be so discouraging day after day, week after week and many want to give up. Many are walking wounded. I sort of count myself and my family in there. We are hanging on to the promises of God, knowing what was done was the right thing for the church and that while it will take time, God will remain faithful and rebuild his church.

posted by Stacy at 6:21 AM

Sunday, October 26, 2003

 
Daylight Savings......

Of the devil? I'm inclined to think it is.

Had a great time last night. Took Matt, Megan and some of their friends to a haunted hayride and corn maze. Ordered pizza when we got home and stayed up too late.

Tired and yet wide awake. The clock might have said 5:00 (or would have had I remembered to turn it back), but the body said 6:00 and here we are.

I guess I could use the time to prepare for Sunday school. I'm teaching the sr. high class today.

posted by Stacy at 6:43 AM

Friday, October 24, 2003

 
A Prayer Request

I received an email from a friend of mine asking for prayer for her daughter. Danielle is 2 or 3 years old and had a bone marrow sample taken on Wednesday. Based on that, the doctors are thinking she has a rare bone disease, but she will under go more testing Monday. Those tests will be sent to the Mayo Clinic and the family will have to wait at least 10 days for the results. Danielle is the youngest of 4 children.

posted by Stacy at 5:52 PM

 
Trivial...., but you might need to know someday.
*K.I.S.S. is not responsible for accuracy of facts.


Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. (I keep my toothbrush in the living room now.)

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight. The wingspan of the B-36, a retired USAF bomber, was twice as long.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
(not in my world)

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. So did the first 'Marlboro Man'.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first U S president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

And, the best for last.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.


posted by Stacy at 1:01 PM

 
Two people ended up here today through searches for:
"When does Lowe's open in Latrobe?" and "Contortionism stretches."

It's an interesting life I lead.

posted by Stacy at 12:52 PM

 
FrankJ shares what happens in "his world" when God goes Old Testament on terrorism.

Frank lives in a disturbing world.

posted by Stacy at 12:32 PM

Thursday, October 23, 2003

 
It's beginning to look a lot like....

....WINTER!! Temperatures will not get out of the 40's today and we just might see our first flurries tonight or tomorrow. Brrrrr.

Good discussion time with the youth last night and it looked like attendance was up in the adult bible study. I hope it means some healing is beginning to take place. Sadly, a boy that comes from a family that is refusing to accept Pastor's resignation and what it means, threw a bit of a fit and quit the bible quiz team during last night's practice. I didn't witness it, but by all accounts it is related to the happenings at church.

posted by Stacy at 11:38 AM

 
Has anyone heard or seen the rock opera, Hero? Have you heard anything? Is it suitable for teenagers? The website makes it sound pretty decent, but I'd like some more info.

posted by Stacy at 11:09 AM

 
Heaven?

Emerging Minister's got a unique service coming up at his church in a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to hear how it goes.

posted by Stacy at 10:57 AM

Sunday, October 19, 2003

 
What a great day!

We attended a new Sunday school class and felt like we'd finally found the right class for us.

Tim was service leader for the 11:00 service. It's a role he isn't overly comfortable with, but it comes with the territory of being an elder. Usually the pastors and other elder cut him a break knowing that he is very nervous when it comes to public speaking, but today they gave him everything but the sermon itself. He didn't know it was coming and it seems to have been done with a bit of spite over recent happenings at the church. I am so proud of Tim. He made up his mind not to let them bother him and to do his best, whatever it was. God was with him, I am sure and he did a fantastic job. When he was finished praying during the prayer time I saw several ladies wiping their eyes.

I gave my testimony during the 11:00 service. I was supposed to give it at the 8:30 service, too, but forgot about it until we got to the church. Oops. I'm not much of a public speaker either (though I seem to end up doing it often enough), but I muddled through and the response was overwhelming. So many people came up to me after church to hug me and thank me for sharing. After weeks of feeling like we were on the outside, it was so wonderful to feel that love.

We ended up going out for dinner with a group of people from church. Some of those we count as friends and some are those we just see at church. It was a great time. Good food and lots of laughs all around. New friends, too, I think.

The associate pastor and his wife are on vacation so I led youth group tonight. It's the first time I've gotten to do that in ages. It was great! With all that has been going on in the church it has been very easy for everyone to fall into the trap of criticizing the leaders....especially among the teens who don't fully understand what is going on and hear only what their parents say. I did a lesson on the importance of church. I meant for it to be short and simple, but one exercise really captured their attention and we spent over an hour on it. I gave them a list of programs and concerns of the church and had them pick the 5 that they personally thought were the highest priorities. Then we listed those on the blackboard. Next I told them they were a church council and among them they had to agree on the 5 priorities of their church. Wow!! Did they ever get into debating that. Lastly, I threw out that an elderly church member had just passed away and left a large sum of money to the church and asked how that would effect their decisions. It was a great way for them to see what it's like for the church leaders and I hope it helps them to think before they criticize. All of them said they never want to serve on council. I pointed out to them that we all too often end up with the leaders that we have because no one else would agree to be put on the ballot. That the person who said yes got the job whether they were the best choice or not. They really didn't like it when I said they were already sounding like the adults they criticize. But they are thinking. We played Family Feud for the rest of the time and it was a blast. The kids loved it and want to do it again. Yeah......it was great to be back in the saddle. I miss it.

A very good day.

posted by Stacy at 9:23 PM

Saturday, October 18, 2003

 
I am up....

....and I've been up for over an hour. On a Saturday. I didn't sleep well last night. I can't sleep now. I know the pattern. When the rest of them are waking up, I will be ready to fall asleep. Nuts.

Finished the book I was reading, The Boy Next Door by Meggin Cabot. Drivel, pure and simple. It deserves a mention only for the unusual format in which it was written. E-mail. The entire story is told through a series of e-mails written back and forth between the characters.

Today we go to (I am not kidding) the Redneck Roundup at another church in the area. It promises a "rip roarin', hootin' hollerin, music-filled, side-splittin', good eatin', fun filled time!" One band is good. It's the Witness Protection Program. The jury's still out on the other advertised band....MacDaddy Donald and the Farmers of the Dale. Anywhoo, there's to be a petting zoo, games, and they are giving away tons of prizes. We're taking a couple of the youth that wanted to go. Most passed on the rip roarin'est night of fun ever. Dang. I thought the prizes would get them.

posted by Stacy at 6:53 AM

Friday, October 17, 2003

 
Trying hard to be thankful.....but coming closer to cursing this gray, drizzly day. It makes my head all fuzzy (inside and out with my curly hair, but that's another story) and all I want to do is curl up and go sleep.

I had wanted to go to the football game tonight. The company parks a bus or two in the end zone and everytime the team scores we honk the horn and flash the lights. Everyone likes it. The cheerleaders even make up signs reading "Take It to the Bus!" Anyway, there are going to be two buses there tonight and several of the drivers are going to tailgate. Matt has to work until 8:00 so that kind of messes it up for me. Either I leave right after it starts or I get there when it's half over. I'm going to stay in instead and watched the new show House Rules with Tim and Megan. Have you heard about this one? Three couples get assigned a house to fix up and the winning couple gets to keep the house. Should be interesting (I love these decorating shows).

Speaking of shows. I watched Extreme Makeovers for the first time last night. I have mixed emotions about it. I guess it's good that they are helping these people feel much better about themselves, though I wish they could do it without major cosmetic surgery. What bothers me is the motivation behind some of them. Not everyone does it for themselves. One guy did it because he wanted the woman he worked with to be attracted to him. Now that it's over, is she? She was pretty non-comittal when they asked. I also wonder what happens when the newly beautiful return home to the same old spouse. Does the husband or wife still hold the same appeal or do the makeover graduates now think they can do better? I guess I wonder because I once followed a story on Maury Povich where he got Richard Simmons to help a morbidly obese woman (she weighed over 700lbs) lose weight and get her life back together. Her husband and son were kind of pathetic personalities, I admit, but once Happy (that was her real name) got beautiful (and she did), she dumped her husband and son because she felt she could do much better and they were holding her back. This after they stuck by her. Ouch.

posted by Stacy at 11:41 AM

 
FRIDAY FIVE

1. Name five things in your refrigerator. PEPSI (if it's not there it's not my refrigerator), leftover spaghetti, three degrees of salsa, eggs and four kinds of cheese.

2. Name five things in your freezer. Ice cubes, venison (courtesy of my son the great white hunter), chicken breasts, pork loin and popsicles.

3. Name five things under your kitchen sink. Dishwasher detergent, thermos, ice bucket, cleaning products and the Black and Decker scrubber thingy I had to have and never use.

4. Name five things around your computer. A glass of Pepsi, calendar, photos, bills and a stuffed Eeyore dressed like Cupid.

5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet. Three kinds of toothpaste, hair spray, hair spritz, hair gel, and bug repellent.



posted by Stacy at 11:22 AM

 
WHAT MOVIE STAR ARE YOU MOST LIKE

Found this in my email this morning. It says I'm like Grace Kelly. Uh.....not on my best day. Give it a try and let me know who you're like.

1 .Which describes your perfect date?
a) Candlelight dinner for two
b) Amusement Park
c) Rollerblading in the park
d) Rock Concert
e) Have dinner &see a movie
f ) Dinner at home with a loved one

2. What is your favorite type of music?
a) Rock and Roll
b) Alternative
c) Soft Rock
d) Classical
e) Christian
f ) Jazz

3. What is your favorite type of movie?
a) Comedy
b) Horror
c) Musical
d) Romance
e) Documentary
f ) Mystery

4. Which of the following jobs would you choose if you were given only these choices?
a) Waiter/Waitress
b) Sports Player
c) Teacher
d) Policeman
e) Bartender
f ) Business person

5. Which would you rather do if you had an hour to waste?
a) Work out
b) Make out
c) Watch TV
d) Listen to the radio
e) Sleep
f ) Read

6. Of the following colors, which do you like the best?
a) Yellow
b) White
c) Sky blue
d) Teal
e) Gold
f ) Red

7. Which one of the following would you like to eat right now?
a) Ice cream
b) Pizza
c) Sushi
d) Pasta
e) Salad
f ) Lobster Tail

8. Which is your favorite holiday?
a) Halloween
b) Christmas
c) New Year's
d) Valentine's Day
e) Thanksgiving
f ) Fourth of July

9. If you could go to any of the following places, which would it be?
a) Reno
b) Spain
c) Las Vegas
d) Hawaii
e) Hollywood
f ) British Columbia

10. Of the following, who would you rather spend time with?
a) Someone who is smart
b) Someone with good looks
c) Someone who is a party animal
d) Someone who has fun all the time
e) Someone who is very emotional
f ) Someone who is fun to be with

Total up your points on each question and find your character below:
1. a-4 b-2 c-5 d-1 e-3 f-6
2. a-2 b-1 c-4 d-5 e-3 f-6
3. a-2 b-1 c-3 d-4 e-5 f-6
4. a-4 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-1 f-6
5. a-5 b-4 c-2 d-1 e-3 f-6
6. a-1 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-4 f-6
7. a-3 b-2 c-1 d-4 e-5 f-6
8. a-1 b-3 c-2 d-4 e-5 f-6
9. a-4 b-5 c-1 d-4 e-3 f-6
10.a-5 b-2 c-1 d-3 e-4 f-6

NOW, Find out which Movie Star you are:
(10-17 points)
You are MADONNA OR TYRONE POWER: You are wild and crazy and you know it. You know how to have fun, but you may take it to extremes. You know what you are doing though, and are much in control of your own life. People don't always see things your way, but that doesn't mean that you should do away with your beliefs. Try to remember that your wild spirit can lead to hurting yourself and others.

(18-26 points)
You are DORIS DAY OR ROBERT YOUNG: You are fun, friendly, and popular. You are a real crowd pleaser. Have probably been out on the town your share of times, yet you come home with the values that your mother taught you. Marriage and children are important to you, but only after you have fun. Don't let the people you please influence you to stray.

(27-34 points)
You are DEBBIE REYNOLDS OR DONALD O'CONNER You are cute, and everyone loves you. You are a best friend that no one takes the chance of losing. You never hurt feelings and seldom have your own feelings hurt. Life is a breeze. You are witty, and calm most of the time. Just keep clear of back stabbers, and you are worry-free.

(35-42 points)
You are GRACE KELLY OR CAESAR ROMERO You are a lover. Romance, flowers, and wine are all you need to enjoy yourself. You are serious about all commitments. A family person. You call your Mom every Sunday, and never forget a Birthday. Don't let your passion for romance get confused with the real thing.

(43-50 points)
You are KATHERINE HEPBURN OR SPENCER TRACY You are smart, a real thinker. Every situation is approached with a plan. You are very healthy in mind and body. You teach strong family values. Keep your feet planted in them, but don't overlook a bad situation when it does happen.

(51-60 points)
You are ELIZABETH TAYLOR or CLARK GABLE Everyone is in awe of you. You know what you want and how to get it. You have more friends than you know what to do with. Your word is your bond. Everyone knows when you say something, it is money in the bank. You attract the opposite sex. Your intelligence overwhelms most. Your memory is the next thing to photographic. Everyone admires you because you are so considerate and loveable. You know how to enjoy life and treat people right.

posted by Stacy at 10:05 AM

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

 
I have this "problem" at work. One of the women I work with has grandchildren in the youth group, so she knows I am a Christian. No problem. Everyone knows that. What bugs me (maybe it shouldn't) is that everytime she or anyone else says anything questionable, she draws major attention to me and makes me and everyone else uncomfortable by apologizing to me directly and making a comment about how she keeps forgetting I am not like that. I'm glad if my presence pushes her to a higher standard of behavior, but the way she constantly draws attention to me kind of sets me apart and keeps a lot of the others just a bit on edge around me. It's kind of hard to get to know people when they feel they have to be on guard and if I can't get to know them, then how am I supposed to make friends or ever hope to make a difference? I know the woman "knows" what I am like based on her experiences with her step-daughter's family, who tend to be a bit holier-than-thou and judgemental and who would be horrified by the language and behavior that sometimes goes on. Do I like it? No, but I've been around the block a time or two and it's going to take more than these folks can dish out to horrify me and I am not about to judge anyone because I've probably done something worse in my past. I'm more than willing to meet these people where they are and get to know them in the hope that they will see something in my life that they want for themselves. Anyway, don't know what I was getting at here. Just getting it off my chest.

posted by Stacy at 6:38 PM

Monday, October 13, 2003

 
Keep praying.
Had another email from the teen I requested prayer for that was more disturbing than the last. It's great that she is opening up, but I'm feeling ill equipped to help her and she isn't at a point of wanting to be directed to someone else.

posted by Stacy at 12:39 PM

 
Healing...

Feeling better today about things in the church than I have in........well, in a very long time. Pastor met with the youth group last night to talk to them about what's been going on and answer any questions they might have. I missed his meeting with the congregation so wasn't going to miss. Besides, the teens are my ministry and I will be here with them after he has gone. Anyway, he came with a very humble and gracious and sincere attitude. He let them know he had found peace with what is going on and let them know that this is not unusual. Most pastors will face this at some point in their careers and most churches will have to deal with this at least once. He talked about his future plans and let them know that he and his family would not continue attending the church. He told them he viewed them as the spiritual backbone of the church during the last 6 years (Dan, we must have been doing something right) and told them they were leaders in the church and that he expected them to continue being leaders, that they needed to set the tone of forgiveness and unity that the church needs to heal since the adults are struggling with it so much. Hearing all that and getting to talk with the regional director for a couple of hours this morning has me feeling hope. At the risk of sounding completely sappy, it's like Spring in my heart.

posted by Stacy at 12:23 PM

Saturday, October 11, 2003

 
Prayer please.

A teen I have been very worried about over the last year emailed me yesterday and finally opened up about some things in her life. Just pray for her and her family. Thanks.

posted by Stacy at 8:40 AM

 
A nice surprise

A pastor friend of ours was traveling through the area last night and called to see if he could crash on our sofa. It was great sitting around and catching up on the families and our ministries (he's the guy that got me into youth ministry). He'll be heading home this morning.

posted by Stacy at 8:36 AM

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

 
Praises for the good folks at World Vision tonight. A representative called me to talk about the 30 Hour Famine and our youth group's participation in it. We ended up talking about several things, including the difficulties at the church and we ended the call by praying together. I am grateful for that young man on the other end of the line who wasn't afraid to move beyond his original purpose of soliciting my support and reach out when God dropped and opportunity in his lap. I am grateful for the God that brought it all together and stengthened me through an anonymous person on the phone.

posted by Stacy at 10:01 PM

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

 
The bus company I work for has a nameless charity run by a "caring committee." What they do is find out from the school districts that the company services what families will most likely not have much if any Christmas. Then each child in the family is asked to make a wish list. In December, members of the committee go shopping for the items on the lists. Usually, they are able to purchase everything on the lists (often it is clothes or practical items rather than toys). The committee then has a big wrapping party and the gifts are taken to the families. Anonymously. Every now and then the committee has been able to do something extra like having a heating oil tank filled or purchasing a washer and dryer. They'd like to do more of that.

I volunteered to be on the committee. I'm excited and I've been on the phone making contacts and soliciting donations all morning. Most can't give an answer right away, but hey, I've been promised 6 turkeys for Christmas dinner! I'm putting all my experience doing youth fundraisers to work, too, figuring out ways to pad the account so we can do those extra things.

Nothing beats doing for someone else to spark the Christmas spirit.

posted by Stacy at 10:58 AM

Monday, October 06, 2003

 
We drove up to Kittanning yesterday for the conference's fall youth rally. With Matt and I both a part of the regional youth ministry team it was kind of a must do. Beautiful day and I had more kids go from Latrobe than I dared hope. In fact, we had to scramble for transportation. Great problem to have, huh? Anyway.....the rally went well and I have some contacts to follow up on for teens interested in serving on the team and we raised a nice little sum for the camp with the penny pile. Best of all.....our pastor's kids were there and they have reached a point in dealing with what is happening with their dad's position that they can speak to me again and said they will be coming back to Wednesday nights. There is an answered prayer for you. Thank you, Lord!

posted by Stacy at 5:51 AM

Saturday, October 04, 2003

 
Tim and I hit the parental jackpot this weekend. Two nights in a row alone! Last night we had dinner at Dingbat's, spent some time browsing (ok, and buying) at Barnes & Noble, cruised through Wal-Mart and Lowe's. It was so nice to get out and just enjoy each other's company without interruption. Today, we took Matt to Pittsburgh for his birthday. Megan was along, of course, and Holly came, too. Matt chose the restaurant for lunch and then we took him to Drum World to pick his gift.....a double bass pedal and a new supply of sticks. Now Matt is at the homecoming dance and Megan went to a sleepover. It's just Tim and me. No plans, just relaxing and watching the tube. Nice.

posted by Stacy at 7:45 PM

Friday, October 03, 2003

 
Eleven Life Rules for Teenagers
*Credited to Bill Gates

Rule 1: Life is not fair - - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world
will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good
about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high
school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until
you Eearn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get
a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping -- they
called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't
whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool
you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from
the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet
in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and
losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished
failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want
to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance
to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get
summers off and very few employers are interested in helping
you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people
actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working
for one.


posted by Stacy at 11:03 AM

 
Friday Five

1. What vehicle do you drive? 1998 Ford F150, 1999 Mercury Mystique and a GMC school bus.

2. How long have you had it? The Ford we've had for 4 years, I think. The Mystique is my mom's, but I've been driving it off and on for about 3 years. The bus I've been driving since the end of August.

3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle? The truck has one of those third doors for the people sitting in the back seat to use.

4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle? The most annoying thing is that I don't really have one that is mine right now.

5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now? A Dodge Intrepid.



posted by Stacy at 10:44 AM

 
AOL is taking a poll this morning on where/how people believe life originated. The results surprised me a bit:

How do you believe life on Earth began?
*59% (17,914) said a divine being.
*21% (6,537) said a comet's impact.
*11% (3,334) said brought by aliens.
*9% (2,816) said in an ancient lake.




posted by Stacy at 9:48 AM

Thursday, October 02, 2003

 
And the latest thing kids have come up with to harm each other?

Homemade stun guns.....made from disposable cameras, wire, nails and duct tape. The battery in the camera supplies the charge, which you'd think would be weak. It might be, but it might not be as a boy in the next town over found out last Friday when a "friend" zapped him. There is no way to regulate the charge and apparently enough energy can be stored up to deliver one heck of a jolt. The boy that got zapped suffered burns at the point of delivery, blurred vision, pain and near incapacitation. Police are now saying this isn't the first case they've dealt with and are warning area police to be aware if they approach a car and see a disposable camera and nails. These have the potential to be dangerous weapons.



posted by Stacy at 10:29 AM

 
It must be cold today. My classy weather pixie has donned a coat and hat.

I'm guessing it's downright frigid when the poodle dresses.

posted by Stacy at 10:27 AM

 
Happy birthday to Matthew! My "baby" boy is 17 today.

posted by Stacy at 10:26 AM

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

 
Need a dictionary to understand what your homies are saying? Look no further, Urban Dictionary is here.

**WARNING** Content is not suitable for everyone.

posted by Stacy at 10:26 AM

 

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