Tuesday, May 30, 2006

It's Not Fair

It's Not Fair

The other day while my wife was driving home from work she had a car wreck! Thank God, nobody in either car was injured. Here is what happened, please leave a comment and tell me if it seems fair to you.

She came to a full stop at an intersection where she had a stop sign. There were no cars coming so she pulled out and then crash! A van had suddenly come speeding over the top of the hill and she hit the van broadside as she was pulling out!

In my opinion, the driver of the van was at fault because he was travelling at a high rate of speed coming up on a blind intersection. The State Trooper did not agree, he issued a ticket to my wife. His explanation was that she failed to yield. I argued that there was nothing to yield to when she pulled out there were no cars coming. The driver of the van was speeding and should get a ticket also. The Trooper said it didn't matter how fast the other guy was going, the person at the stop sign has to yield to oncoming traffic. (In other words it is okay to speed while you are coming over a hill and approaching a blind intersection.)

Does this seem fair to you? Please leave a comment. We are not paying the ticket, but will go to court and talk to the District Attorney about this. It is a 3-point penalty on your driver's license and God only knows how much the car insurance will go up!

Monday, May 29, 2006

What Do You Really Think About This Blog?

What Do You Really Think ?

OKAY -- I've been blogging since Sept. 2005 and it's time to find out what you really think about "Ramblings and Rhetoric". Please take a few minutes and leave your comments.

  • Tell me if you like the design of my blog
  • Do you find the content interesting or boring
  • Are you a regular reader or first time visitor
  • Have you checked out my other blogs; 3 is the Charm and Bed & Breakfast Experiences
  • Have you ever clicked on any of the ads in my blog
Thanks and have a GREAT DAY.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Let's Remember the real reason for Memorial Day

Memorial Day has for a long time been remembered as the beginning of Summer. A long three-day weekend filled with picnics, beach trips and parties and the Indianapolis 500! Let's take a moment to remember the real meaning of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is really a time to commemorate U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. Originally known as Decoration Day, it first honored Union Soldiers who died in The Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include all wars or military actions.

It is traditional to fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff from dawn to noon. We used to celebrate Memorial Day on May 30th, but somewhere along the line the date was changed to the last Monday in May to insure a long weekend.

Support Paralyzed Veterans of America

If you want to go out and party this weekend -- that's fine -- but please take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of the holiday and give thanks for all of those brave men and women who have given their lives for this great country that we live in!

This would also be a good time to pray for the folks that are currently serving in our military.


Please leave a comment.

Still Lost After Finale

OKAY -- what did we learn from the Lost finale? Are viewers more lost now than ever? Here is what I discovered. Please leave your comments and share your theories.

  • He got his sailboat from Libby
  • He may have caused the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 because he didn't enter the numbers in time
  • His lost love Penelope, who has a lot of money may play a bigger role in all of this
  • He has the failsafe key and the courage to use it

  • Actually breaks down and starts to cry
  • Doesn't push the button -- but he was wrong -- the button is real
  • We do not know his fate -- he was last seen in the hatch when the system failed

The Others
  • The real leader is Henry
  • Their camp was a fake to impress Michael, even their hatch was fake
  • What the heck was the giant statue with four toes all about
  • They say they are the good guys -- hmmmm

Hurley is set free with the task of telling the rest of the survivors not to try to find The Others. Michael is reunited with Walt and they are giving directions on how to leave the island. Jack, Sawyer and Kate are still held captive by The Others. We don't know what happened to Syad, Locke or Mr. Eko.

The producers say that next season we will learn more about The Others. I think the season went out with a big bang! Can't wait till next year.

Please leave your comments.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

No Rest for Jack Bauer

WOW--if you watch 24 you know what I am talking about! What a GREAT finale for this season. Just when you think Jack is going to get a little rest...well, I don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen the last episode yet.

My favorite character on 24 (besides Jack of course) has got to be Chloe! She is so smart, an has a real attitude! I loved the episode where she is working on her laptop in a bar and keeps getting hit on by some drunk. She zaps him with a tazer and never misses a stroke on her keyboard.

I'm very sad to see the season end...don't know what I will do on Monday nights now. It's going to be a long wait until January 2007! I guess I can pick up the other seasons on DVD and watch them -- actually I never saw season 1 or 2.

Please leave a comment...and tell me who your favorite 24 character is.

Taylor or Katharine?

Tonight Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee will sing their hearts out for the title of American Idol! My vote goes to Taylor, I think he really has fun up there on stage and gives a wonderful performance. Of course, Katharine does a great job also, and she sure is beautiful!

If you look at the past American Idols, you will see that it is time for a white, male to win...so odds are it will be Taylor this time.

We shall see...it's up to the viewers to vote. I think the talent this time around has been the best ever! It has been a great season, and there really are no losers. There will be offers for all of the young men and women who sang their hearts out this year.

Please leave a comment and tell me who you think will win.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Vacation Time

It's that time again...the weather is getting really nice and thoughts of wonderful vacations begin to fill our heads! Be sure to check out my other blog, Bed & Breakfast Experiences , for great tips on vacations and out of the ordinary places to stay.

Also click on the Travelocity link if you want to save money and customize a trip. This is a great site for vacation planning!

Wherever you go...HAVE A GREAT TIME, and drive safe.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Cell Phones

What did we ever do before the invention of cell phones? I never thought I needed a cell phone but since I finally have one of my own I must admit I am lost without it! If I leave home and forget my cell phone, I will have to turn around and go back to get it!

I do have a few pet peeves about cell phones though so here are the Top Ten:

  • People talking on cell phones in a restaurant.

  • Hearing someone’s cell phone ring in the movie theater, or worse yet someone answering their cell phone during a movie!

  • Talking on the cell phone while driving and not paying attention to the road.

  • Cell phones ringing during meetings.

  • Cell phones ringing at church.

  • Talking on a regular phone and a cell phone at the same time.

  • Stupid rings that people download for their cell phones.

  • Why do I need a phone at home if my wife and I both have cell phones?

  • Where do all my unused minutes go to?

  • How the heck do I get my messages off of my cell phone anyway?

  • However, after all is said and done, cell phones are a great invention, especially for traveling and for emergencies. I never leave home without my cell phone.

    I have had several different cell phone carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Cingular Wireless and SunCom. Here is what I have discovered. I dropped them all, and went to Wal-Mart to pick up a TracFone; I now have a pay-as-you-go plan with no contracts involved and I am very happy! When I need more minutes, I simply go on line and buy more minutes; and the reception is better than I had with the other major carriers I have tried.

    The other phones I had (which were much more expensive) would never work in the small town where I live and I could not get any reception at all in my house! This cheap phone works fantastic, even in my house and in all the places I could not get a signal before! I love it!

    If you have any great cell phone stories, rants or raves...please leave a comment.

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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    Monday, May 15, 2006

    How was your Mother's Day?

    I know there are many Mommy bloggers out there...I would like to hear what was the best thing and the worst thing (if any) about your Mother's Day. Please leave a comment. What did you love about Mother's Day, and what sucked?

    I cooked breakfast for my wife, we sat on the patio outside and watched the hummingbirds and other birds as we ate. Then we went to church. After church we went out to brunch where we were joined by my wife's daughter, our niece and her husband, my wife's sister and her husband and my wife's best friend.
    We enjoyed a our brunch at an Italian restaurant. They had a singer there and the food was great.

    It was nice to be with our family who are in this area and we exchanged gifts and flowers for all the Mom's at lunch.
    Then we went home and relaxed the rest of the day. My wife received a gift certificate for a Swedish Massage at a local SPA.

    Please share your day with us.

    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    How Many Shoes Do You Need?

    WOW -- I was trying to find something in our closet the other morning and I had to dig through piles of shoes! Not my shoes, I only have a pair of black dress shoes; a pair of brown dress shoes; a pair of sneekers and a pair of cowboy boots.

    The piles of shoes belong to my wife; I did not have time to count them but I'm sure there are over 100 pairs of shoes in our closet alone! Now if you were to look in my wife's car, you would find at least 5 or 6 more pairs of shoes!

    This prompted me to start asking other people how many pairs of shoes they owned. I asked everyone at work and here's what I found out.

    The women all said the same thing, they had no idea how many shoes they owned. Most of them said over 100 pair easily. The men on the other hand replied they only had 4-5 pair of shoes.

    Why do women need so many pairs of shoes? Of course if there were a special occasion coming up a man would wear what he already has in the closet, but not a woman...she will have to run out and get a new outfit and a new pair of shoes to match! What's up with that?

    Please leave a comment and tell me how many pairs of shoes you own. If you feel the need to purchase more shoes, check out this website, they offer GREAT DEALS!

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    Mother's Day at a Bed & Breakfast

    Here's a GREAT IDEA for Mother's Day:

    Still haven't figured out what to do for that special someone on Mother's Day? How about a weekend at a cozy Bed & Breakfast?

    Check this link for a Bed & Breakfast in your area.

    Many Bed & Breakfasts will offer a Mother's Day Special. If you really want to surprise her this year, find a baby sitter for the kids and spend a romantic weekend together at a Bed & Breakfast. It will be a weekend to remember.

    Be sure to check out my other blog, Bed & Breakfast Experiences.

    If you have a favorite Bed & Breakfast, please leave a comment and share it with us. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

    Thursday, May 04, 2006

    Lost is Back with a Bang!

    OKAY...just when I was about to give up on Lost, they come back with a bang! This week's episode was really awesome!

    Do you think that Ana-Lucia and Libby were shot because the producers are trying to send a message? Don't Drive Drunk!

    According to an article in
    tvguideonline the answer is NO. The producers say that Michelle Rodriquiz only wanted to do one season of Lost right from the get-go. They had planned to kill her off anyway, and it had nothing to do with the DUI. Either way, it was quite a shocking episode, I really didn't see that coming!

    I wonder if Michael has gone over to the Others or if he is just doing whatever it takes to get his son back?
    I liked Ana-Lucia, I'm sad to see her go. Can't wait till next week to see what happens next.

    Please leave your comments.