Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Weight is Lifted

I read an article this afternoon (my normal routine before going into work) about an elderly man that returned money he stole in the 40's back to Sear's.  An envelope with $100 and a note was hand delivered to the store manager at a Seattle Sear's recently.  The note said that this individual had taken $20- $30 dollars from the register over 60 years ago and he wanted to give it back.  

The first thing I thought when reading this was "that's not much money."  It didn't take me long to realize that it wasn't about the money.  This man has been living with a guilty conscience for over 60 years.  Can you imagine having anything weighing over you for that long?  

Sometimes I get so caught up in all the negative of the world.  I realize I shouldn't let things get to me like they do.  It just seems, more and more, that the majority of people can be so selfish and only concerned with themselves.  #1 is the most important right?  Reading a little story like this made me happy to see that there is still good things happening.  As small as an incident as this might have been, it just made me smile.

Well it's back to the hospital for 1 more night of work!

Until Next Time,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Jam Session

Last night it finally happened.  Perry and myself have been talking about getting together for a much needed jam session for weeks.  How does the time always pass so fast?  We have played together in this band or that since about the sophomore year of high school.  It was such a big part of our lives for a long time.  For whatever reason we haven't played together for months.  The curse is finally over.  It took us about 10 seconds to get it going again last night.  I started out playing a little progression and Perry joined right in by shredding up some lead.  It really felt good to be playing again.  Every time we play together we end up talking about all the big dreams we've always had and how NOW we could put together such a great band.  Will the band happen?  I don't know but I can tell you that I hope it's not another few weeks before we rip it up again.

A few cold beers always go a long way in the 
creative process!  Matt Carver once called beer
"The pen of smart men"

Perry laying down that smooth blues

Me laying down that smooth thumbs up!

I'm sure he was deep in the middle of saying something
about music theory or the creative process.  Or maybe he
was just saying something about how good his dinner was! haha

It's not about how good the music is or the great songs we come up with.  It's about just getting together and playing.  Between the music and crazy conversations it's always an interesting night. I believe you should always take every opportunity to enjoy a little downtime.  So, enjoy it!

Until Next Time,

Are there any instruments you play or interest you?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Our Way

To start let me go ahead and wish everyone reading this a happy Thanksgiving!  Every year my family and I celebrate Thanksgiving the same way.  We start off by eating lunch with my mom's side of the family at her parents house down on the bayou.  Then we head up to the camp in the country to celebrate with my dad's side of the family.  The Marcellus side of the family celebrates this occasion in a very unique way.  Let's just say i'm sure the neighbors love it.  

Throughout the day I kept my phone ready and snapped some pictures to take you on a quick Thanksgiving journey with me!

Andrew and I started our celebration early with a little
live music experience a the best bar and venue in Ocean
Springs.  Rosco Bandana put on a great show at Mezo's
Juke Joint to kick off the holiday season.  If you haven't
already, this is a band you definitely need to check out
while they are still playing the amazing local venues like

Red solo cup....I fill you up.  Let's have a party!

Khloe, show your teeth!

My cousin's baby Khloe.  She was fascinated 
by my phone.

When we got up to the camp we got to see my Grandpa's
latest addition to his back porch.  He is proud of that boar!

Before we knew it the flurry of gunfire started.
I'm not sure when this tradition started, but
it's alive and well every Thanksgiving.

Everyone gets involved as my Aunt Tanya
demonstrates here.

Tommy Gun!  That's mafia style.

I would call this another successful Thanksgiving.  The holiday season is definitely a time to be grateful for everything that's good in your life.

Here's a cheers to family, friends, and good times!  Cheers guys

Until Next Time,

Do you have and Thanksgiving traditions?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ghost Towns

I read a pretty interesting article the other day.  Related to the droughts across the US this year, several ghost town have been exposed due to the reducing water levels in reservoirs.  This particular story was about the former site of the town of Bluffton, Texas.  This town was flooded 55 years ago and usually sits below about 20-30ft of water.  Now, former residents and history buffs are flocking to the sight to see the ghost town.  Building foundations, grave sites, and many other artifacts have been found on this site.  The darker side of this is that there have been several arrests related to looting in this area.  

I read an article this summer similar to this that retold the account of a couple that was able to visit the church they were married in 60 years earlier due to the drought.  So sometimes drought isn't all bad right?  Ghost towns and historical artifacts are always something that interest me.  When I read articles like this it always makes me wonder what all is out there.  One of my hobbies is artifact hunting.  I've spent a lot of hours in the woods surrounding my hunting camp searching for remnants of the town that was once there.

I found this piece back in September during my Wild Weekend trip to flint creek.  These bricks were lined up under the bank of the reservoir.  What were they from?  What used to be there?  What else was in this valley before it was flooded?  These are all the questions I always have in my head.  I do know that St. Joe is a brick company out of Pearl River, La.  The company is over 120 years old!  

Check out the article above.  It's worth your time!

Until Next Time,

P.S.  my truck is FIXED!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wise Words of Matt

A couple of post ago I proposed an idea to anyone and everyone.  I asked about the little things in life that make you happy.  It was a question of freedom.  I was interested in ideas, thoughts, suggestions, and comments.  A friend of mine answered the call.  A very wise man named Matt Carver.

Me (Left), Matt "Wise Man" Carver (Middle), Logan Brown (Right)

Instead of doing a lot of talking this time i'm gonna let Matt take this one.  These are the idea's, thoughts, and little things that make him happy.  Enjoy!

Mr. Introspective Retrospect, 

Since you are such an avid blogger, I will share as much genius as possible.

In high-school football, my coach always said, "Matt, it's the small things that matter."

For me, little things like the love of a good woman, beer, and company of great friends are important. So, yes that sounds like a Country song, but really think... How difficult is it to find a good woman these days? When you dig through the crazies, the slackers, and the promiscuous ones, there may be a decent one out there. There are many topics that one could delve in this relation. Best date places, What does a date consist of these days? Dedicate a blog to "Domi?" 
How to make it in a modern relationship?

Beer. Beer is the key to survival of life. There are many topics that one could explore with beer. The difference in a porter and a stout. How microbreweries save humanity from the monotonous use of bud and coors "light" beers... There are infinite ideas from such a beer aficionado as yourself.

Great friends, another of the little things I appreciate in my life. Usually, I try to be a good friend, but what is considered a "good" friend these days? I've had so called "friends" that I hear from once a year... and then friends I talk to once a week, once a month... Anyhow, spending times with friends, sharing business info, beer info, cigar info, talking crazy stories, and making crazy stories.. That's what it's all about... Living life, and living it well.

Some little things, make a difference in life.
-Going out an hear that old rat rod crank after not touching it for months, or after making some adjustments.
-Waking up without a headache, after a night of making stories with friends.
-Living on the coast!
-Of course, popping on the pandora.

I'll share my Master plan of blogging with you, pick a category per day... like weds beer day...tuesday fishing story day...sports sundays...

It'd be pretty awesome to read about a day in the life of a medical professional... There has to be tons of material there...zombie viruses...women who made bad choices...drunk and disorderly... severed appendages...

Matt Carver

Great Words!
Thanks again man

Until Next Time,

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Little Things # 3

2 words:  Live Music

# 3 is just that simple.  There is nothing like it.  There is something special about witnessing a really good band do what they do best.  When they can make everyone around them get up and start dancing (or at least moving) they've really got it.  The great thing about great live music is that it happens everywhere in many different forms

You can catch it on a street corner in New Orleans

Or at your favorite local spot.  For me that is Mezo's Juke Joint.  You just can't beat the crew and great atmosphere down there.  Plus!  They always have a pretty full lineup of good live music.  Me and a friend saw Defunked Democracy for the first time down there last week and they were pretty amazing.  Very talented group of musicians.

I've been able to catch some pretty great shows down at the House Of Blues in New Orleans.  What a great venue!

Better Than Ezra

G. Love and Special Sauce

Mute Math, Nickel Creek, and Flogging Molly

I've been able to see some pretty big arena shows which can be fun too.  AC/DC was one of the best i've ever seen.  It doesn't matter how old those guys get because they still rock!

Band of Horses -Fed Ex Forum, Memphis

King of Leon- Memphis

Big festival like Jazz Fest are a GREAT place to catch some great live music.  I  caught Dave Matthews Band back in 05 down there.

Live music is everywhere, you just have to get out there and listen!  Make it one of your favorite things too!  Get inspired and enjoy!

I had to add this final one just because it was one of the best live acts i've ever seen.  The Civil Wars were absolutely amazing.  It was just the two of them and they had endless talent.  We saw them at the Fire Club in Jackson this past July.

Until Next Time,

Where is your favorite live music spot?

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Little Things # 2

Yesterday something good happened to me.  As many of you know from a previous blog, my truck is currently out of commission.  The dealership finally pinpointed what the problem was and confirmed that it will be covered by the warranty.  The good thing that came out this confirmation was that now I was owed a rental car!  Finally i've got a set of wheels again.  I don't even care that it's a Chevy Malibu.  It's great to have a little freedom again.

Little thing #2 for me is driving down the beach at home on a beautiful day.  Thank goodness for this freedom because that is the first thing I ended up doing when I picked up the car.  There is just something about sitting on the seawall and looking out across the sound.  Looking over at deer island  had me dreaming about a camping trip.  The salty air blowing in off the water makes me feel right at home.  Our little beach is one of the sights that always makes me feel thankful for growing up down here.  Front beach is one of the places that always chills me out.  

Thanks to everyone who gave me some great suggestions.  Keep them coming!  

Until Next Time,

How do you feel about your hometown?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Little Things #1

Today I was having trouble with the blogging process.  Let's call it writer's block.  I don't know what it was, but I was feeling completely uninspired.  The process just never got started.  Maybe the fact was that I am always getting distracted.  Then it hit me!  These distractions aren't always a bad thing, they are usually some of my favorite things.  That's when I got the idea for a new potential series.  I'm going to start taking some time, here and there, to begin writing about all the little things in life that make me (and you) happy.  The things that can instantly brighten your day and lift your spirits.  The things that make you feel like everything is going to be ok. 

I have an idea here and i'm going to run with it, but I need help.  I want some feedback from this.  I'm not even just talking a little comment here and there.  I am interested in possible guest bloggers and other ways for everyone to get involved.  If you would be interested in taking any of this on please let me know.  Check out my contact page (top right hand corner) to get with me about any interest.

So, without further wait here is little thing #1 from me:

One word: Shuffle!  Shuffling through my itunes library is one of my most favorite things ever.  It's something that's good for any occasion.  From road trips, to parties, to nights at home with nothing else to do, shuffle always keeps it interesting.  I spend a lot of time driving just skipping from song to song.  On occasion something special happens though.  Sometimes shuffle picks out just the right songs.  Being able to listen straight through without skipping a song is so rare it can be compared to seeing a unicorn, but those occasions are amazing.  There is just something about really good music that makes me happy.  Music is one of those things that makes me tick.  I always find myself setting events in my day to day life to music.  It's kind of like having theme music everywhere I go.  I'm actually shuffling as i'm writing this.  FYI listening to music through bose headphones is like filling your head with awesome!  The song playing right now is "Rise To Me" by The Decemberists.  I recommend listening to it now.  

Somehow I always end up of the main topic.  My mind is always all over the place.  Anyway i'm going to ask one more time.  Help me out!  Let me know what makes you tick!  Let me know about the little things that make you happy!  This could be a lot of fun.

Until Next Time,

What do you think about shuffling? 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I Voted.... Did You?

After work this morning I took a little trip down to my local polls and cast my votes.  We had some important issues on the ballot today.  Not only were we voting on our states leadership, we were also voting on some controversial initiatives including a definition of when life began.  This is one of the reasons i'm thankful that we have the freedoms that we have in this country.  I may or may not agree with any of the issues, but I have the opportunity to cast my vote and at least leave with piece of mind.  We can make a difference in this country and I hope everyone takes their opportunity to go out there and make their opinion count.  Vote!

Until Next Time,

Do you take the opportunity to vote?

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's ALL Broken..... Almost

Ok, here is my forewarning.  This is going to be a little bit of a gripe blog.  As you may remember from a previous blog of mine, my truck is completely broken down and i'm kind of living like a bum right now.  Well, in all actuality i've done ok.  I've been borrowing my mom's car, like i'm 16 again, for work and i've been able to find rides everywhere else.  That brings us to today.  I am at the house, with nowhere to go, and decided it was the perfect day to go for a little bike ride.  It's beautiful down in south Mississippi today.  The breeze is nice and there isn't a cloud in the sky.  I wanted to go for a little cruise down to the beach and just enjoy a little bit of the afternoon.  After my last ride I discovered a bunch of rockachaws (aka coastal sandbur) embedded in my rear tire.  I began pulling them out and started hearing the obvious hiss of air leaving the tube.  I remembered this morning that I had a spare tube down in our workshop and went down to dig it out.  I pulled the rear tire off the bike and pulled the tire off the rim to remove the old tube.  I placed the new one in, put the tire back on the rim, put the whole setup back on the bike and started attempting to put air into the tire.  The new tube doesn't hold air!  Come on, cut me some slack here!  I guess I really am stuck at home!

So, i've got a truck "hopefully" being repaired at the dealership and a bike with a flat tire and no tube.  What now?  The only thing I could think to do is to see if I owned anything that ran.  I looked over and saw the mustang.  Now, the mustang isn't road worthy at the moment, but usually runs without any problem.  I grab the key and go to turn it over and it's dead!  At least that's an easy fix by charging up the battery.

I did have one little victory today.  The 4 wheeler cranked right up.  Thank you Honda!  I guess you have to find your victories wherever you can on some days.  

Well, it's back to work tonight.  I will be giving an update on my trip to Memphis in the next day or two so stay tuned for that!

Until Next Time,

Ever feel like nothing is going your way?

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Hangover

And no, i'm not talking about the movie.  This is the real deal.  This photo should go a long way to explain what I am talking about.

This is basically what the events from last night turned into.  Bad idea? I'm trying to convince myself that the headache was worth it.  But hey, you pay to play.  It was a fun night though.  Let's take a little journey through the day.

It started out simple enough.  Since my  truck is really really broken right now, Alice drove down from Hattiesburg to pick me up.

When we got up to Hattiesburg the plan was to  meet some friends out for a few drinks to celebrate Alice's upcoming birthday (today, Happy Birthday!).  The first sign of impending shenanigans was our decision to start the night out with a shot of Jager.  That's always just the catalyst to get the party started.  We headed over to the "Hog" and were soon joined by Alice's friend Jessica and Jessica's brother JM.  Alice was awarded a birthday cake shot by the bar for surviving another year and sent it down the hatch.  We all ordered a few drinks and began the birthday celebration.  

Looking over the beer menu something caught my eye that really intrigued me.  Let me just explain something real quick.  The Mahogany Bar comes off as a pretty classy establishment to me.  It's not the kind of place that I would consider wearing my gym clothes into.  With that said, this particular item I saw on the menu would really trash the place up a bit.  After a few questions to the waitress, I ordered it.

Oh Yes! Old Milwaukee Tall Boy!!

We were met soon after by Matt and Leah (the newly engaged couple).  Congrats again guys!  Now just having Matt and Leah show up means it's time to throw down.  They are the ones who you can always depend on to have a good time.  If they are in town, they are pretty much ready to throw down anywhere at any time.  They are handy to have around!  While we were sitting around talking it was discovered that JM had recently turned 21 and there were just so many shots he hasn't experienced.  Needless to say, I love shots!  It was go time.  We had Jager bombs, Irish car bombs, and red snappers.  We were well lubricated for a continuation of the party after that.

  Alice and Jessica

We found out, through one of Alice's friends, that one of the fraternities was having a "white trash bash."  Since that just had us written all over it we decided we were going to grab some 40's (just to be extra trashy) and head over.  The gas station hugely disappointed me by not having anything besides King Cobra.  Now i'll drop my standards given the right situation,  but I will never drop down as low a King Cobra.  I grab a couple Bud Light tall boys and headed out the door.  Matt and Leah met us over at the frat house.  We loaded our pockets down with the tall boys and headed inside.  We weren't there for very long before the party got shut down, but we weren't ready to be done!

We headed back over to Alice's apartment.  (Alice told me this morning that she doesn't remember anything after this point.)  Matt was wanting a shot of Jager and he was at the right place.  He was given that and before we knew it Alice have her beer funnel out and was already filling it up.  I'm not someone that can just stand by and let someone funnel all by themselves, so I joined right in.  For some reason I always end up forgetting i'm not a 21 year old college student anymore.  It's good to relive those days though.  We both funneled a few beers and before I knew it (Warning: This is where is get a little gross) I was running to sacrifice the contents of my stomach to the porcelain god.  I came out feeling like a new man and was ready for a rally.  The rally never happened.  I'm sure that was for the best.  Matt and Leah headed home soon after all of that fun and the night was pretty much over.  Alice made her own sacrifice and we called it a night.

Today i'm writing this with a little bit of a headache.  Was it worth it?  Of course it was!  Happy Birthday Alice!
Until Next Time,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fingers Crossed

You don't know this, but i've had a LOT of problems with my truck.  This truck and I just don't get along.  It seems to be just one of those black cloud items for me.  I hope you enjoy my list of "Why Does My Truck Hate Me?"

Problems along the way:

1. This is the first time this truck was banged up. This happened about a mile from home. I was rear ended while sitting and waiting for someone to turn.  This truck was only 2 months old at this time and had less that 3000 miles on it! It hadn't even had it's first oil change yet.

2.  Soon after the wreck above, I discovered a nail in the side wall of my tire.  Since you can't repair a sidewall, the entire, nearly new, tire had to be replaced.

3.  Transmission issues!  That has been my largest burden with this truck.  The truck has been "hospitalized" 6 times with transmission issues.  A 2007 model truck should not have issues like this!  Needless to say, the transmission has been completely rebuilt in this little beast already.

4.  "The Scratch"  Ok, i'm going to admit out front that the scratch is definitely my fault, but it really just fits the theme of the back luck I have had with this ride.  I really wish I had a picture to post here of the foot long, all the was through the paint to bare metal, dent leaving scratch I put in the hood.  It happened while I was washing my truck one afternoon.  I was using a  long squeegee, normally used for the window's on buses, to get all the water off the hood.  As I was pulling it across the hood, the entire top fell off exposing a large screw which in turn scratched half the paint on my hood off.

5.  Lucky lucky me had the rood repainted after the second time this truck was rear ended within a mile of home.  Only this time I was waiting on construction.

My truck obviously didn't receive the worst end of 
the damage from this wreck, but it did end up in the
body shop once again.

6.  Now the latest chapter in the saga happened last Thursday night.  I was driving over to a friends place when I started hearing an eerie squeal coming from under the hood.  It kind of sounded like a belt was loose and just making a lot of noise.  It stopped, for a minute, then came back louder and instantly my truck was dead.  I was no longer under power, had no power steering or brake pressure, and had to coast down the road until I found a spot to get out of the way.  My first assumption was that I had lost the belt, but the fact that the truck wouldn't start made me nervous.  When I lifted the hood the belt was still there, and everything seemed to be intact.  My dad came and met me to help me tow it home.  The next day my ultimate fears were confirmed after putting a wrench on the crack shaft and trying to turn it manually.  The motor is completely locked up.  I had no warning signs of impending doom either.  I never had any heating or pressure issues.  The oil had been changed less than a thousand miles earlier and there was still plenty in the motor. 

So, as you can see, this truck has pretty much been my bad luck charm.  After spending a few days trying to figure out what to do, in this situation, the truck was picked up and taken to the dealer for further evaluation.  I believe that this should still be covered under the power train warranty, so fingers crossed that this all works out for me.  

Lawn ornament. 

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hello Old Friend..... November

It finally feels like summer is over in south Mississippi!  I have a hard time wrapping my head around it being "fall" before November down here.  In my opinion we have a REALLY long summer then three tiny "other" seasons.  November is going to be a busy one this year.  Between work and a full schedule i'm not going to have much down time.  I will be in Memphis this weekend, then I have a wedding mid-month, then hunting season starts and of course that is of utmost importance!  I really do love this time of year.  There is just something about the leaves changing and the cold wind that I love.  I also really like wearing jackets!

So, last night was Halloween and, as mentioned in my previous blog, I did a small dress up job for work.  I was hoping to get a few smiles or laughs with it.  Did it work, you ask?  YES.  I was pleasantly surprised by the reception one t-shirt can get in a hospital.  Both of my patients thought it was pretty hilarious.  The ventilator started alarming because one was laughing so hard!  I got a lot of laughs and smiles from families coming in and out and random strangers in the hall.  So, i'm going to go ahead and call this one a success!  I feel accomplished. 

Until Next Time,