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The Dog Poem

I believe I first heard this on The Russ Martin Show yeeeeeeears ago, either the first time he was on 97.1 or while he was on 105.3 in Dallas/Fort Worth.

I had forgotten that I still had this on the ‘old version’ of my website (which wasn’t linked to, but the file was still there).  So, after learning of a friend losing a dog this week, I went digging for it and decided it should be linked to on the ‘new version’ of my website.

Dogs Don’t Have Souls, Do They?

I remember bringing you home. You were so small and cuddly with your tiny paws and soft fur. You bounced around the room with eyes flashing and ears flopping.

Once in a while, you’d let out a little yelp just to let me know this was your territory.

Making a mess of the house and chewing on everything in sight became a passion and when I scolded you, you just put your head down and looked up at me with those innocent eyes as if to say: “I’m sorry, but I’ll do it again as soon as you’re not watching.”

As you got older, you protected me by looking out the window and barking at everyone who walked by.

When I had a tough day at work, you would be waiting for me with your tail wagging just to say, “Welcome home, I missed you.”

You never had a bad day and I could always count on you to be there for me.

When I sat down to read the paper and watch TV, you would hop on my lap looking for attention.

You never asked for anything more than to have me pat your head, so you could go to sleep with your head over my leg.

As you got older, you moved around more slowly. Then one day, old age finally took its toll, and you couldn’t stand on those wobbly legs anymore. I knelt down and patted you lying there, trying to make you young again.

You just looked up at me as if to say you were old and tired and that after all these years of not asking for anything, you had to ask me to do one last favor.

With tears in my eyes, I drove you one last time to the vet. One last time you were lying next to me.

For some strange reason you were able to stand up in the animal hospital – perhaps it was your sense of pride.

As the vet led you away, you stopped for an instant, turned your head and looked at me as if to say: “Thank you for taking care of me.”

I thought, “No – thank YOU for taking care of ME!”

— Charles B. Wells Jr., Palmyra, N.Y.

Respectfully dedicated to two friends I’ve lost over the years, Bandit and Buster, as I sit here, looking at Anna with tears in my eyes; her completely not understanding why I’m emotional.

Anna :


“New” (old) pants

In December of 2008, I ordered some pants from Amazon.  They “almost” fit, but not quite.  So, I hung them up (tags & all) in the closet, where they’ve been gathering dust ever since.  The thought was “some day, I’ll get back into those.”

Well, that day, I ordered more pants of the same size, but with “comfort fit” waist.  Comfort fit is code for “has some elastic and will stretch a little, but you can fool yourself by thinking you’re still wearing the same size ‘because the label says…’!”

In July of 2010, I ordered more of the “comfort fit” pants in that same size.  But, when they arrived, they didn’t fit.  I set those pants aside (tags and all) and ordered some BIGGER “comfort fit” pants.  At that point, I think I didn’t return them because I was a bit embarrassed about “how big I was.”  Boxing them up felt like I would have to confront something within me and I just wasn’t ready to do that yet.

Those pants actually didn’t even make it back to the closet.  They ended up mixed in with some other stuff in a different (non-clothing) closet and forgotten about.

This morning, I was looking for some things and I happened across that second order of pants.  I looked at the tag and wondered “How far away am I from fitting into those?  Probably a while.  But, what the heck!?  Try ’em on and see for yourself!”

So, I did.  They fit.

“They fit!?  WOW!  They actually fit and they weren’t too tight!  AMAZING!!”

The next pair was a LITTLE more snug, but not uncomfortably so.  That eventually led me back to the first closet, where those 2008 pants were still hanging (tags and all).  They don’t quite fit, yet.  But, maybe by the end of the year!

More progress that I can feel good about!  Woohoo!!  🙂

Where to begin

I forgot I had written this on another temporary site.  But, I guess THIS should’ve been my first post on here.


Where to begin

To quote Phillip DeFranco, “This is where I talk about newsy type stuff and things that matter to me.”  He creates his videos daily.  I highly doubt I will be writing that often.  But, when I do , it should go here!

I have started a few things like this over the last few years.  The original intent of this domain was to share things about me.  But, I never really lived up to that expectation with the site.  So, here I go again, on my own…

Doh!  Wrong millennium!  🙂

I may  still post to either of the blogs on Google (here or here).  But, my intent is to put most of the things about me  on this site.  So, this should be the source for info on me.

Rather than repost everything (what little there was) from the other blogs, I’ll just post links to those entries.

Nokia 900: Thoughts and observations

SQL Server 2008 Setup Error: “Access Denied”

The Evolution of my HTPC Experiment

Build a Bootable USB Drive

A few Windows 8 Consumer Preview Tips

Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview to VMWare Player

Windows 8 Consumer Preview First Impressions 

My Thoughts on Ting

Roku Apps: Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix

Roku 2 XS: Initial Impressions

Why Ting Lost Out

Thanks for dropping by!

Rebooting the franchise

For the longest time, I have had a static HTML-based website that I rarely updated.  I would get a wild hair from time to time and add some pictures from my road trips or something of the like.  But, that was about it.

The purpose of this “reboot” will be to try to bring together things “about me” and to (hopefully) make it easier to add information, musings, and what-not without having to “plan” an update, make changes to menu scripts, etc, etc..  So, if the site is “about me,” what are you likely to find here?  Over time, I will add photos I’ve taken, links to things I’ve written on other platforms, and perhaps some things about food and no telling what else.

Speaking of photography, here’s one I took in Grand Tetons National Park a couple of years ago that I’ve just started using as my desktop wallpaper at work.

Taken on Snake River Road in Grand Tetons National Park in October 2010.
Taken on Snake River Road in Grand Tetons National Park, October 2010.