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Mar. 8th, 2009 @ 06:00 pm I'm deeply annoyed at tea.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: all over the place

I was probably actually annoyed at waking up coughing in the middle of the night. Again. Trying to think of something I could do to ease my throat and lungs, I remembered the mint tea in the cabinet. It had soothed the burn before. I popped a coffee mug full of water into the microwave and grabbed for the box of tea.

What I found opening the cupboard was the gayest tea in the history of beverages. First, the box would be considered by some to be a work of art. To make matters more gay, the name of the tea was nowhere to be found. Instead, there was a few bars of music, which I'll assume required an advanced degreee in music appreciation to understand how truly poignant and lovely the melody surely must be.

My groggy head nearly exploded.

However, the really mind-boggling factor was yet to come: On one end of the box, garishly interrupting the aesthetic rhythm, and assaulting the balance of color and form (which surely caused the graphic designer to refuse any further work from this company) was a nutritional statement panel.

Nutritional information for TEA.

Something squealed inside my brain, like when you twist a latex balloon. This was my mind fighting with various extremely powerful impulses. First, I needed to let fly an angry fit of sardonic laughter. This was sure to wake my sleeping wife, and would surely trigger the worst coughing fit of the night. Can't do that. Second, I must immediately crush the box to aromatic dust - extremely satisfying, but also too noisy to attempt.

As I struggled to comprehend the oddity before me, I realized that the only reason for a nutritional info panel on a box of tea was for the moment you examined one for the FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE! At that moment, you see that this beverage is nutritionally meaningless, and you can never consume enough tea for it to matter.

The only other time you might ever look for that panel again would happen 10 or 20 years later. You're in the grocery store with your list, which contains tea because you ran out a year ago. You finally find the correct aisle, grab some tea, and absent-mindedly compare the nutritional specs on various brands because you've done it earlier on breakfast cereal, soup, and another item too mundane to recall.

With a groan, you remember that the mint tea you use as a cough remedy contains 2% of your daily potassium requirements, and THAT'S ALL. The amount of tea that you will drink in THE REST OF YOUR LIFE will not reach any significance in this regard. Other teas contain NOTHING but perhaps a little caffiene and the mysterious ability to give water a smell, a color, and the taste of sucking on tree bark that was (not recently) rubbed against some sort of flower or fruit.

By now, I have ingested two cups of the mint variety (I can't open the artsy box - that would be like opening a statue or disassembling a piano). Both my nerves and my impulse to cough have subsided, as you have allowed me to get this important matter of my chest. Thank you, and good night!

(Written at 3:00 a.m. Not sure if it was Daylight Savings Time or not.)
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Feb. 14th, 2009 @ 10:26 am Commercials
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: CNN, washing machine
If I hear one more Snuggies commercial I'm going postal. I have been spared the Vermont Teddy Bears commercial. So far. Thank you, merciful God.
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Feb. 7th, 2009 @ 03:23 pm The Deer in the Field
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: the usual ambiance
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The Deer in the Field.

It’s 16 degrees, and there is no wind.
A quarter of a mile south of my house,
Two deer stand in the field.
A field of clean, smooth snow.
To the left, not too far away
Is a small but deep woods.
To the right, twice as far behind them
Is another woods, bigger and deeper.
The rest of the herd  is probably there.
Still asleep, or searching for food in the cover of trees.
The two have been in the field for a while now.
The woods absorbs almost all of the traffic sound from 31,
A mile or so behind them.

The big deer’s head is down, as he digs into the snow
And finds some blades of frozen winter wheat,
Or some stubble from last year’s soybeans.
He takes a couple of steps, head still down.
He can hear the crunch under hoof.
The breathing of the smaller deer,
And the low hum of distant traffic.
There is a bird at the far end of the big woods
But she is silent for the moment.
The big deer brings his head up, to the south.
Scans across the smaller deer and the woods to the east.
For a moment.
The small deer’s head goes down to the snow.
And the big deer goes back to the search
For a morsel of food.
As the golden light of dawn
Has just broken across the field to his left and right,
They are still in twilight's shadow.

And the bird in the western woods starts to sing again.

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Feb. 3rd, 2009 @ 04:08 pm More on Social Networking
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: the usual ambience
My welcome has been warm on Smaller Indiana. Like it so far.

I'm finding that I can use Twitter occaisionally and still get value from it.
Am I adding value? Hope so. I'm trying to.
Was I adding value before? Probably...not.

Facebook - wow, that's addictive. I miss it when I'm away for a while. You know, like an hour.

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Jan. 31st, 2009 @ 04:44 pm Exploring Social Networking
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: the normal ambient noise
Hi! I am beginning to feel "up to my neck" in social networking. By no means have I tried everything. My first chat session EVER took place about a month ago inside Yahoo! Mail. I am currently registered in the following networks -  some are purely social, some are strongly professional, some are a mix. And I am in the learning phase in all:
  1. Twitter*
  2. Make It Rain*
  3. Plaxo*
  4. LinkedIn*
  5. The Network (Christian Business Networking Association)*
  6. Purdue Boilersphere*
  7. Smaller Indiana (just signed up, so my registration is "pending")*
  8. Myspace (profile set up for access, but not currently developing it)*
  9. Facebook
  10. Photo Gallery
  11. And of course, LiveJournal. Been here the longest.
I also post items to Photobucket and YouTube, but primarily for media storage, rather than community.
In the comments, tell me which is your favorite. Which ones am I missing that I should join?

*Using my real-world, professional persona. You won't find me there as Larryedit. I just like the separation between my professional and personal lives on the others.

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Jan. 19th, 2009 @ 01:38 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

Here is your souvenir plate for soon-to-be President Obama. This is for real:

I sincerely hope we have something to eat off of it a few months from now. The amount that the government has spent, and will be spending, will be coming from you and me. Optimistically, in the next few years, the economy will turn around to be so prosperous that we won't mind paying our share of $1,000,000,000,000 to bail out the failing financial and automotive industries, and the rest that Mr. Obama is planning to have the government spend.

It could happen.

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Dec. 22nd, 2008 @ 02:31 pm Humor in between
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: classic rock
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Here are a couple of jokes to hopefully brighten your day. They brightened my day when my pastor shared them yesterday.

At the beginning of the elementary school lunch line was a tray of fine apples. A sign said, "Please take only 1 apple. Rember, God is watching." Then, at the end of the lunch line was a tray of chocolate chip cookies. The sign, written by a child, said "Take all you want. God is watching the apples!"

A little girl was was drawing with intense concentration in her 1st grade art class. Seeing her intensity, the teacher walked over and asked, "What are you drawing today, Annie?" To which little Annie replied, "A picture of God."

The teacher considered her answer for just a moment, and said, "Well, Annie, that will be hard to do, since nobody know what God looks like."
Without looking up, Annie said, "They will in a minute."

Have a great day and a blessed Christmas!
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Dec. 4th, 2008 @ 08:34 pm The sky on a clear night
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: furnace fan
I was just admiring the beauty of the starry night sky. It's grandeur is beyond my ability to describe, or even understand.

I started thinking about the things we do that come between our eyes and the stars, that keep us from seeing it in it's fullest splendor. As the human race works to provide cleaner cars, energy sources, and industries, I became hopeful that I will live to see the day when our atmosphere is free from pollution that we create. Won't that be amazing?

All the benefits of truly clean air are beyond the scope of a simple blog entry, and I don't  want to belabor a point that's so easy to understand. But my grandchildren will hopefully stare with awe and thanksgiving at much grander field of celestial glory than we can see today. That is, if we are diligent in doing what it takes to undo the damage we've done to this great sea of air - the one thing that all people must experience every hour of every living day.
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Nov. 27th, 2008 @ 09:38 am Handy Pump Dispenser
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Just in time for Christmas, Marsh appears to be selling a substance normally only found on the streets and in back alleys (I would guess). Best of all, it's in a handy pump dispenser, and at a LOW LOW PRICE!! Check out the photo I took yesterday at our local store, and here's hoping you need a minimum of chemical enhancement to enjoy your holidays!

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Nov. 21st, 2008 @ 08:38 am "Hustle and Quit Complaining" from Kyle Lacy

For you folks in sales and marketing out there, I found this encouraging and challenging post today:

Hustle It and Quit Complaining. There Are People Buying. November 21st, 2008 by Kyle Lacy

Kyle is a social media evangelist in Indianapolis - extremely upbeat and fun to read, and never overdoes it with the tech-speak. Take a look!

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