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Television, where have you gone?!

The dreaded TV!

Hello Everyone!

Can you tell this will be a personal rant?

A little background first.

Some time this summer we will have been married 27 years! When first married and in our apartment, the owner installed cable during our stay. So we subscribed and got a package. It took a couple months before we said “we are paying to watch this?” So we dropped cable and agreed to not get it again.

Fast forward about 14 years, to our second house fully wired for cable and an antenna in the attic with a disappearing cable. Cable was not an option and we could not route the antenna cable without opening walls or drilling a bunch of holes. So no air wave TV either. The analog age passes and in comes the digital age. We are way behind and have had no TV since moving here in 1999.

Okay, fast forward to the fall of 2011. Our oldest son buys his TV and it is set up in the living room, an antenna is rigged up, we have TV! The attic antenna wire is pulled up and run through the house, down 2 sets of stairs and around the living room. We now have even better reception (it does go in and out some times).

So we can now watch TV. Mainly sports, some news, some educational stuff, (we do homeschool if you didn’t know) and the occasional TV show (mainly shows our son knows).

Wow! What has happened to TV these past 12 years?! I mean I know it had raunchiness back then, but now you can’t seem to not find it. It is not just the commercials either, which have gotten worse. It is on the TV shows! Stuff that would have been “said” on cable is now on TV. All the double en tenders and innuendos and out right blatancy is there for anyone to watch and hear.

We have three kids 13 and under so for the past 12 years they haven’t really seen all this junk. The same for our older three boys. I think they are better off for not having been exposed to it. Now for my 2 daughters and really all of us being exposed to this kind of stuff is not what was anticipated.

Even the commercials during the sports have left us uncomfortable and my oldest daughter even said so. I mean one minute we are watching men smash each other on the football field, the next it is a Victoria’s Secret scantily clad model strutting down a runway. Beer ads, erectile dysfunction, (wow! I’m uncomfortable writing that!) lingerie and more. Stuff on TV shows being talked about and or being used for humor, some times I want to take a shower afterwards (and not a cold one).

Granted, we don’t have to watch and most of the time the mute button is used, but you don’t get up and leave the room for every commercial break. Speaking of commercial breaks, there is almost as much commercial time as show time now. They repeat and repeat the same thing over and over and over. Did I say they repeat over and over?

In the 12 plus years of not watching TV regularly, I must say it has gone downhill quite a bit in that time frame. I guess that is where everything is heading. Nothing is taboo anymore and anything and everything can and is talked about, whether seriously or for humor. TV shows are being USED to ram someone’s PERSONAL agenda or IDEAS down our throats and not just the newsy type programs. It is not that the envelope is being pushed. It is now being filled, stuffed full of ideals that are NOT ideal! Not in my house.

They aren’t being exposed to the real world you say? Since when is TV the real world. Even school is NOT the real world. How many of you work with other people and they are ALL your age? I would dare to say NONE! The zoo may be as real as you want to get and we have seen what happens when people get too close to certain animals. Would you put yourself or your child down in front of a rattlesnake den? Now THAT’S the real world! There will be consequences. The same for the viewing of what is on the TV if we are not careful viewers.

So we will and do not watch much. Since that is what we are used to doing. Some periods of 24 hours or more, it is not even turned on. We don’t even know what IS on. The kids are definitely not watching anything they want and it is off during the day time hours. They still don’t miss it.

Even for watching sports I could still do with out and have not watched some games. I don’t miss it.

How about you? Have you ever tried not watching TV for a period of time? A day, a week, a month, a couple months or a year or longer? We did from the summer of 1999 to the fall of 2011, over 12 years and we still are not regular viewers.

What would you do with the time? Invest it in your family? Read books? Find a hobby? Go out and enjoy nature?

We kind of did all that and more! All our kids are voracious readers and all above their age level. I have probably read more books these past 12 years than in the rest of my life. There were periods when I read a lot back then too. Some of the books I read were recommended by my kids! We took field trips, went on walks and bike rides. I took up wood crafting. My wife took some classes. We are all learning about computers and not just how to use them.

So television you have definitely gone down the tubes! I and my family are NOT going with you. We will pick and choose and be very picky and choosy about what we watch. See you around.

Later, Harold

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Blog Birthday!

Hello Everyone!

It’s my blog birthday post! One day late.

So what do I do for a blog birthday? I had wanted to design and do a wood craft of some sort, but the week got away from me. So I thought of doing a 1 year recap. First

I started out this blog with the intentions of showing my wood crafts that I was doing mainly using a scroll saw. But I guess, as with all blogs, it evolved to include thoughts and ideas and just a what is going on with life, happenings. Pages were added as ideas came along. That included my Thankfulness page, with monthly dividers and daily additions, hopefully keeping it somewhat neat, easy to read and followable. Thankfulness

I started this out with a couple questions/contest to maybe jump start interest. That seemed to fail. So I will answer them here.

One was what is this tulip used for?

It is a plastic bag holder for drying them.

My Dad made these, so I made some too. After washing out a sandwich bag slip it over the flower to dry and reuse. Don’t just throw them away! Tulip

How is the coloring done on these?

Dipped in a bowl with a food coloring and water mixture.

You could also do this with a brush to mix colors on the wood. Then you need to seal it as the colors do bleed if it gets wet. #1 and Numbers

I did what I call Desktop names. Desktops

I still have these. Know anyone who wants them? HINT! HINT!

I gave a lot of these away as gifts to family and friends, sold a couple.

During the football season I did football jerseys.

These were good sellers!

Once I moved my work space inside during the winter I got slack and started messing up with the spray paint or spray lacquer. You gotta follow the directions! Stay far enough away from what you are spraying. Don’t get too close.

Here's what happens if you get too close!

See all those bumps? This wasn’t even the worst one. The spray goes on looking good, then in a matter of minutes it can get all alligator skin-like. Oops, and It was me

Christmas was coming so I started with the Christmas theme. Hey it’s coming again soon!

I did reindeer.

A snow flake

A lot of name and word ornaments!

Those were good sellers too.

Our dining room and table got turned into a painting station! Busy

Here's a shot of the dining room table.

You can see the reindeer, some ornaments and some desktop names. I was also getting ready for a Christmas craft fair. Hey that’s coming up soon too!

Here's last years display.

I did a late birthday gift for a brother.

For his golf bag.

Here is what was probably the hardest piece I did. Yet it was fun to do too.

A Heart shelf

That turned out really nice. I even impressed myself! Heart

Here is a future project that I took a picture of. I still need to size it and then print it.

An owl trivet.

Along with many others of course!

I did a blog series on how I do it. It, was a desktop name and when I finished it, packaged it and sent it via the Post Office that’s the last it was seen or heard from! It disappeared in the postal maze and I lost the shipping receipt. I will do another one. Series start

I posted about Wheaton Academy football last year and this year. By the way our last game was last night. Lost again to finish the season 1 – 8. Most of the teams we lost to either made the playoffs or had a good chance to. A lot of tough teams. Josh has another week and a half in his second cast. Then maybe some therapy to get the arm back in shape. Next up the Academic Team, that’s non-contact! 🙂

I did posts on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mothers Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and July 4th. I missed Easter!

I did a post to Westboro Baptist Church on March 2nd and that got the most views ever for this blog on March 3rd. Here

I did posts about my job search. That is still on going. With other miscellaneous posts thrown in here and there.

Thank you to all my readers and subscribers. Especially those who comment! I enjoy reading your comments and responding. You all have made this blog more worth while to me. You have lifted me up when I was down and been an encouragement to me. I have blog friends around the world!

If you have ideas for me to blog about just ask, or if you have a wood craft you would like me to try send me a pattern or again just ask. I will do my best.

Thank you again! I hope you enjoy this recap!

I am on LinkedIn and Facebook now too, along with MySpace. So come Link and friend me!

Later, Harold

4000!

Hello everyone!

Well as the title says 4000. That’s 4000 views so far. I crossed that level a couple days ago and am just getting around to this post. Seems like I am averaging about 1000 views every three months or so. The 1 year birthday of this blog is coming up soon! I guess I will have to do a birthday post too! This year has gone quickly yet it also seemed to drag at times.

The football season is almost over. WA is 1 – 7 now, with one game to go. Last night was another tough loss. I think it is hard on the coaches too. It seems like two different teams some times. They played the good teams tough and teams they could have beaten, they didn’t seem to play well against.

I got to fight the wind at last nights game with the end zone camera. It was steady and hard and had the 30′ pole at a curve west to east. Coach said I kept it pretty steady though and did a good job. He anticipated getting sea-sick watching the video, when he saw the pole swaying in the wind before the game. I think I saw him looking at that time and was wondering what he was thinking.

I am getting more active on the internet. First I started this blog, then got my plumbing web site up, expanded this blog, got on LinkedIn after a friend asked, signed the business up on Manta, and now I am on Facebook from another friend request. So you can get me multiple places. Today I finished putting all my woodcrafting pictures up on Facebook. A new gravatar is coming here, soon as I figure out how to change it.

So unless I have something to post sooner, look for a birthday post on the 21st!

Later, Harold

A WA Football Update

Hello Everyone,

It has been a while and I haven’t been doing any cutting on the scroll saw. I have been busy making connections on LinkedIn and trying to get some work and doing any I get, while also looking for a job and putting out resumes.

I also have been the end zone cameraman for the WA varsity football games. I was asked to do a couple practices too. It has been a challenging year so far. I gave the St. Louis report. Since then they have lost to Byron, St. Edwards, and St. Francis. Then they beat Chicago Christian. So they are 1 – 4. I think they have been playing better each game and it finally produced a win. Go Warriors!

Joshua broke his right arm during practice the week of the St. Francis game. He took a helmet hit to the arm during a drill. The doctor said he is out for the rest of the year. He was pretty bummed about that. He had a wrap around it for about 2 weeks and now has a cast. It goes from the middle of his upper arm to between his thumb and fingers. The X-rays look real good, no displacement. The doctor told him what he could and couldn’t do and he seems okay with it.

It took Josh a bit to pick a cast color. He thought black was cool. He liked the blue too. He thought about pink because during Wheaton Academy’s homecoming/spirit week the juniors are supposed to wear pink one day. I suggested not! Then suggested red as that is close to the school color of maroon. After all that he went with blue.

So that is about where it is at football wise. I still need a job or more plumbing work. Some wood crafting orders wouldn’t be bad either! Christmas will be here sooner than you or I think! Check out my Thankfulness pages too!

Later, Harold

St.Louis trip recap

Hello Everyone!

It is done the St. Louis trip there and back again.

In short Wheaton Academy lost both games, met a scroll saw friend, it was HOT, enjoyable time, and food.

So we are all set to leave at 7:30 AM on the coach bus as a couple kids finally arrive. I’m not late, it’s only 7:30, you were supposed to be here at 7 and LEAVE at 7:30… oh. So we leave a bit late. With one stop at a rest area to eat, stretch and do what’s necessary we arrive in St. Louis at the Missouri Athletic Club. We check in to our rooms, get a snack, meetings for the Varsity team and leave for the game.

View from my room

We get to the Westminster Christian Academy, a beautiful new school, just opened this past week, over an hour before game time. They give me two kids to help carry the camera cases and set up the system. We do and still have almost an hour before game time. Now I have to stay with the camera because after a period of time of inactivity the camera will shut down. It is about 30 feet up in the air and has to come down to reset it and then put it back up. So I have to stay with it and push buttons every so often so the camera will stay on. That is the boring part. All by myself and nothing to do but keep the camera on and test it making sure all is okay. Same thing at half time. Did I say it was HOT earlier? I’m down on the field, on a brand spanking new track type surface in the direct late afternoon sun. It is hotter there than anywhere else and I can’t go anywhere. The coach bus driver had given me a chair with an umbrella and at least there was a breeze. I used that chair and umbrella when I could!

View from east side of field south

View from east side of field north

A couple hours later I was done (put a fork in me) and so was the game. We lost and it could have just as easily gone in our favor. It was a good game, a bit sloppy with too many mistakes on our part. I got to see it all on my little 3×5 screen. Josh started on all the kickoffs and got a tackle. I am sure I filmed it but didn’t know it was him until it was announced after the play. There were a lot of good passing and running plays for both teams. Did I say it was HOT? We had a couple guys go down with cramping but they all seemed okay.

My end zone from the stands, I was in the red square area

I was sent some help to take down the camera and load it back on the bus. Thanks guys for both times. We went back to the MAC and cleaned up and had some St. Louis style pizza. I have had it before so I knew what to expect but it seemed others had not and did not. St. Louis style pizza has a very thin crust and a sweet sauce and a different cheese than you would expect. I am not sure what the cheese was. I heard guesses of Parmesan and cheddar. I liked it and yes it was different from Chicago style. It was pizza and you eat it.

Saturday morning breakfast was great! O.J. and milk, scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, fried potato wedges, pancakes and syrup. Then off to the JV game. I didn’t get to film this game and was waiting for a scroll saw friend to arrive, so I was distracted from the game a bit. The morning sun was in the east and the stands were on the west side of the field. It was cooking time again! I thought I was done last night! This was a reheating! My friend made it there during the third quarter and we met face to face for the first time. GB is a friend from a scroll saw forum I am a member of. So we had never met even though we had talked through the forum for almost a year now. It was good to meet him and his sister. We talked through the rest of the game, the JV lost too.

After the game we were all served lunch by WCA. There was no lack of food on this trip! There were sub sandwiches, toasted ravioli, veggies, fruit, a local root beer, pink lemonade, water and a delicious butter cake for dessert.

Then we were off to the St. Louis Arch. Just a short time, so only walking around and a visit to the museum, but no trip up the Arch.

The old capitol building

Buffalo inside the museum

Back on the bus for the ride home to WA with a stop for a quick supper.

A look back

I was tired and over-baked but had an enjoyable time. I was glad I got to go.

Later, Harold

 

Football season is here!

Hello everyone!

It has been quite a while since I posted something here. Just not a lot going on, other than on my Thankfulness page, check it out!

So it is that time of year! Football season! Wheaton Academy starts their season off this weekend with a trip to St. Louis to play Westminster Christian Academy. Game time 5 PM Friday for Varsity and 10 AM Saturday for the JV. Yours truly will be manning the end zone camera during the Varsity game. I don’t know if we will do the JV game.

So anyone in the St. Louis area want to meet me that’s where I’ll be, in one end zone or the other. Drop by and say hi.

As the end zone cameraman I get into all games free and get to be right down on the field and I get to view the game through a 3×5 monitor screen. But when they are at my end of the field it’s like being right out there. Then there are the field goal and point after kicks. The camera makes you feel like a target, but the camera is the target. Dead center of the goal posts. I have flinched a couple times and then you look up and go, whew, a close one!

Our son Josh is a junior this year and is playing Varsity. His positions this year are outside linebacker on defense and lineman/offensive tackle on offense. He has been enjoying the football camp weeks and then the practices. Now the season starts. Time to put the leather to the road, literally, for the first game!

The theme for the season is Count the cost, Win the day. The theme verse is Matthew 6: 33-34 where Jesus talks about first seeking His kingdom and righteousness and it will be given to you and to not worry about tomorrow, for today is enough. My paraphrase!

So I hope to be doing more football jerseys like last year and other football related items in my wood crafting. Along with getting ready for…dare I say it?…the Christmas season. It will be here before we know it!

Well everyone have a good weekend. I plan too!

Later, Harold

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