I really need your input
I've been seeing a lot of different blogs out there, and I've been frustrated with Blogger a few times when it comes to this blog. I need opinions about some of the other blogging services, i.e. TypePad, WordPress, etc. Let me know what you think and whether it is worth switching.
Read this post I came across dealing with press questions of the President. Absolutely right on.
A Driving Contradiction
I want to make a few minor template changes so I won't be long here. But I have to get this off my chest and tell me if you agree. I was driving down the interstate earlier today and passed a vehicle. This vehicle had a "buy local" bumper sticker. Now I'm all for that, it's great, sure whatever. But . . . this sticker was on the back of a Toyota!!! Now, I drive Nissan's myself and appreciate Toyotas for their craftsmanship and reliability, so I'm not against her pick of cars. But I have to imagine that as she was putting the sticker on her bumper, her eyes had to have been within 36-48 inches from the Toyota emblem blazoned on the trunk lid. How do you miss that? Where's the disconnect? Aaagggghhhh! I probably shouldn't let that kind of thing frustrate me, but where's Bill Engvall (the Here's your sign guy) when you need him?
Family Photos
Here they are. The promised pictures. These are from Judah's baby dedication and family photos later that day.

The family praying for Judah

Judah and his Great Great Grandfather!
Grand-daddy with Eve and Judah

Five Generation Photo
The Family

Brother and Sister

Jude and his beautiful Mama

Jude and Daddy

Eve and Daddy



enough said

"better get used to it kid"



Hopefully you enjoy the pictures. Let me know what you think.

*special thanks to Bob. our photographer. These pictures were taken in western NY, if you are in need of an excellent photographer, email me here

Alright alright alright
I know. I said I would post more pictures "later tonight". And I didn't. First, get over it, it's a blog and we all fall behind on these things. Second, they really are coming. For now, check out the family picture I'm using for my profile and the one of Eve below. I've got 10 or 15 more or so coming and they're great pictures.

She really is very sweet.

Great picture right! We were thinking of trying to submit this to a magazine. Problem is I don't know which one. Any suggestions?

Back to work, pictures coming, classes starting
I'm back from Lake Placid. We got our pictures back yesterday from Bob. He took some family pictures for us three weeks ago when we visited our family south of Syracuse. They turned out really well and I'll be posting some of them later tonight. The conference went well. It was a three day "training" conference for all the Air Force recruiters in upstate and western NY, along with a few from western PA and all of Vermont. It was kind of tough to leave though. It was like a flashback from being deployed. I'm just glad it wasn't any longer than it was 'cause I don't think the kids could really grasp the idea that this trip wasn't the same as my last one. All they knew was that Daddy was gone again. But, I'm back now and they're good. And in more news, my next class starts tomorrow. I'm working towards a B.S. in Religion through Liberty University. This will be a theology class for 8 weeks. I'm only taking one class at a time since my work schedule is crazy enough without throwing a ton of other stuff in there with it.
Back to the daily grind
Back at work today. Officialy yesterday was my first day back but that day was shot because I found out first thing in the morning that I had to report to Albany NY for a UA. I'm about 3 hours from Albany so by the time I got back my day was over. Today has basically been pouring through emails and voicemails. 4 months worth of business to make up for. Then, the next three days will see me in Lake Placid for a training conference. . . . on the road again.
3 more pics

Some more pictures from our "Fall Weekend" *see previous post

Judah chowin' down on an apple
A Fall Weekend in Vermont
We headed to Shelburne Orchard for an afternoon of apple picking. It was a little late in the season so the trees weren't exactly full but there were still plenty. Weather was a little cool but not bad. Just what you would expect from a crisp fall day in New England.
Eve's carrying the bag (such a "big girl") and I've got the pole picker
. . . Turns out, didn't need a pole picker!

Andrea, and Judah in his sling

** I've got a bunch more pictures to post. We went and visited some friends the next day and got some more good shots. However. . Blogger in it's infinite wisdom has decided that I am done posting pictures for the day. I will try again later and hopefully not get the "Page Cannot Be Displayed" screen. BTW, remember the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)? Something I haven't seen in a rather long time. I think "Page Cannot Be Displayed" may be a new contender.

Why I don't live in Buffalo
Besides hating the Bills. . .

Buffalo just got 2 feet of snow! That's not natural. October isn't even halfway over yet. Ridiculous. But honestly, disliking the Bills is still my number one reason for not wanting to live in Buffalo.
Recruiting Tirade: Stages
I came across this post today and even though it's for the Army, the same things apply. Our acronyms are a little different but I understand it all. Most recruiters know all about the other services offices. Often we are across the hall from each other and any recruiter worth his salt gets along with the other branches. I actually hang out with more Army guys than I do Air Force. (Probably something to do with the fact that there are only two of us AF guys and across the hall there are 7 Army). So click away and check it out. Good site too.
Recruiting Tirade: Stages
The funniest chain letter I ever came across
I got this a couple months back. Hilarious.

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me your chain letters since I have started this blog. Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy. Because of your concern...

I no longer can drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans.

I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our troops.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a stupid number for which I will get the phone bill from hell with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer eat prepackaged foods because the estrogens they contain will turn me gay.

I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer go to bars because someone will drug me and take my kidneys and leave me taking a nap in a bathtub full of ice.

Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an email to 7 of my friends and make a wish within 5 minutes.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl who has been dying for the past seven years.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I will now return the favor.

If you don't send this to at least 1200 people in the next 60 seconds, a large bird with diarrhea will fly over your head at 5:00 P.M. and the fleas of a thousand camels will infest your armpits. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of a friend of a friend's neighbor's cousin, and he's a lawyer.
Welcome Home Daddy
Some pictures from when I got back from the airport. My orders only got me as far as Boston. I then had a several hour car ride to the house.

My wife went in first to tell the kids she had a suprise!
It took my daughter just a second to realize that it was me.

My son was 5 months when I left, 9 when I got back. So that's quite a bit of change

One big happy family again!
Must read
This link below says it the right way. I personally wish that I saw more people enlisting with patriotism as their number one reason.

A Storm In Afghanistan: Why I Joined the Army
One Team, One Fight
I am a recruiter. For the Air Force. I've been doing this job for 2 and a half years now, and just recently got back from a 4 month deployment. Before I started recruiting I was just another "airman". Before that, I was an AF brat. I grew up in the Air Force and am consequently very biased. I always will be, but since starting recruiting I have learned a lot about the other services (because we work across the hall from each other). And with my deployment I got more inter-service experience. Now I'm blogging and see even more camraderie throughout the military blogs I come across. It's very encouraging and I want to say that I for one really really appreciate the other services. Guys and ladies, thanks for what you do.
Not my first post
Soooo. . . (sheepishly) "I'm back". Yeah, I deleted my blog. I'm back. New address though. If you read this then let me know why, and who ya are and stuff like that. If you have a blog, let me know. I'll have a blogroll and all that good stuff too. For now, I have some template work to do. See ya around
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