Thursday, June 30, 2011

We Should Be Thankful…….

The nice part about living in a small town: When you don’t know what you are doing, someone else always does.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday ~ "K" Is For Klingons

Wow Thursday's roll around so fast! This week is all about the letter “K” and the first thing that came to my mind was “Klingons. So I thought I’d share a little history about the Klingons.

Are you a Trekky?

If so, maybe you already know about Klingons.

If not, maybe you don’t care to know about Klingons.

And no they are not the Klingons from Ur…uh never mind.


Uh …..Anyway back to the Klingons.

Did you know?

Klingons were created by screenwriter Gene L. Coon.

They were named after Lieutenant Wilbur Clingan, who served with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Cool huh?

I think.

Wait ….maybe he didn’t like his Lieutenant?

Oh well….

Anyway, the swarthy look of Klingon males was created with the application of shoe polish and long, thin moustaches.

Low budget eh?

My personal favorite Klingon was Worf.

Worf was a prime example of a virile, yet sensitive Klingon. A true warrior.

Klingons are spiritual people.

Klingons are passionate opera lovers.

Betcha didn’t know! Ha!


Would you like to know more about the good ole letter “K”? Then teleport yourself over to Jenny Matlock’s blog (off on my tangent) by clicking here:

May the force be with you!

Uh wait….wrong movie.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Ames

(Photo Credits: Wikipedia)

Monday, June 27, 2011

If Paper Was Fat I'd Be Skinny~~er

I shredded 10 lbs of old papers today. Stuff that has been hanging around since 1984. Holy moley.

If you have ever had to clean out the entire contents of your childhood home after both of your parents have passed on, you might know what I am talking about here.

I have vowed that I will not leave such a task behind for my daughter to take care of. So I purge, and I purge, and I purge after I have purged. And guess what? I just ran across all those newspaper clippings my mother saved. How did I end up with those??

My mother saved every card, every newspaper clipping, and every cancelled check since they were married. And I think I have become my mother. Maybe even my grandmother. I was looking through my recipe book today and started to notice all these little recipe clippings from magazines and newspapers tucked here and there. That did it!

Now I have to rummage through the dark bowels of my husbands garage for the industrial strength shredder oil. The maintenance manual says to use it every 1000 pieces of paper you shred. Are they kidding me? I hit 1,000 pieces in the first 30 minutes of purging today alone.

Ok, back to shredding. I at least want to get through the year 1985 before I go to bed tonight. 

I feel like a horder.    :(

So? How long do you hold on to papers?


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday Centus # 60~Perfect People Are Not Without Fault.

Hi all. It's time for another Saturday Centus! This week is a little different. Jenny has given us a "Dear John" prompt and instead of 100 words plus the prompt, she has given us a meager 60 words plus the prompt.

I wasn't sure I would participate this week. I  can honestly say I have never ever written a "Dear John" letter to anyone. Ever! I can't imagine doing such a heartless thing to someone let alone how horrible it must feel to receive one.

I do know of a couple of incidents during the Vietnam war where a couple of girls from my small home town did that very thing.

Oh it was not pretty once the word got out. It spread like wildfire. And shortly after the word got out, the girls left town. Hummm I wonder why?

now on to my contribution......

Sally and Mark grew up in a small town.
Both were straight “A” students.
Mark was the star football player; Sally was the captain of the cheerleading squad.
They were the perfect homecoming queen and king, the perfect valedictorians, the perfect fianc├ęs, until Sally wrote a Dear John letter to Mark while he was in Vietnam.
The whole town turned against her.
Please don't forget to stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out how other's used this short prompt. You can get there by ckicking on this link:
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "J" Is for Journal

I can't believe it's time for Alphabe~Thursday again. I guess that old saying really is true...the older you get the faster time flies.
This week it's all about the letter "J".....

....and  "J" is for Journal. 

Do you journal?

Is your journal packed full of things noone else should read?

Do you ever wonder what others might think if they were to read your journal in the future?

Would that prevent you from being truthful about what you write now?

Sometimes the contents of lost journals can change history as we know it.
This week I am trying something different. I thought I would try my hand at writing a continuation from my last Saturday Centus contribution "We Are Not Alone". If you want to follow along and read it from the beginning (it's only 103 words long) you can click on the link here:

and now on to my SC continuation and "J" post......

Sundeep stood, squinting against the noon day sun; his hand came up to shade his eyes as he scanned the topography. “How did you find it?” he asked.

Dr. Jarhreem looked up from his camera scope; his face was dark and deeply wrinkled from years of sun beating down upon him. His eyes were starting to turn cloudy from cataracts.“Purely by accident my friend. A new excavation has been started to the east. We were triangulating off the latest archeological discovery from satellite imagery when the surveyor rested against this stone. He felt the cool air coming from this small opening and thought he had discovered a shaft into another chamber. I was immediately notified. Once I came here and scoped the opening I was at a loss for words. We have sent everyone away and secured the area.” he said as he wiped the sweat from his forehead and went back to looking into his camera.

“May I look again?” Sundeep asked as he held out his hand for the scope. Dr. Jarhreem handed off the scope and stepped back. The light shining through the stone into the cave was just enough illumination to make out the size of the cave. Silence ensued for a long time. Dr. Jarhreem watched Sundeep maneuver the scope inside the stone, apparently taking in the contents of the cave and the area surrounding the spaceship. Dr. Jarhreem noticed the wind was beginning to pick up.

The silence was broken when Sundeep pulled the scope out of the stone and said “It appears to have crashed into a ledge inside of a very large cave below this stone. The cave opening has been covered by sand through time.” He handed off the camera to Dr. Jarhreem and started stepping off an area that he estimated to be the size of the cave. Dr. Jarhreem stared at Sundeep in silence. He still could not believe the size as Sundeep kept walking further away from him.

When Sundeep looked back at Dr. Jarhreem he yelled “We are going to have to notify the government.” As he rounded back and came close to Dr. Jarhreem he said as he was smiling “The question is, my old friend, do you want to notify them now? Or after we excavate a shaft into the cave?”

Dr. Jarhreem slowly beamed a smile and slapped Sundeep’s back. “We must work quickly my friend, take many pictures and document everything in a journal. The government may want to cover this up. They must not find out about the journal or any photographs taken. We must hurry!”

Now why don't you hurry on over to Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out some more interesting post about the letter "J". You can get there by clicking on this link:
I hope you enjoyed my story. Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Centus #59 ~ We Are Not Alone

Hi all. This week Jeff over at his blog (Tennessee Mudbug has offered up this week's prompt. It is in red ..."within the stone". I knew right away how I would be using it too.

now onto my contribution.........
Sundeep thought he would evaporate in the intense heat. After dismounting his camel, he staggered slightly to get a foothold in the sand.
Dr. Jarhreem led him to an obscure mound of sand covering an outcropping of stone and swore him to secrecy. “What you're about to view you must not disclose to anyone.”

Dr. Jarhreem lowered a camera through a small hole within the stone. What Sundeep saw made him drop to his knees in disbelief. “This changes everything.” he said.

The spaceship was enormous, metal, and covered in hieroglyphics. The skeletal remains were giant, compared to that of an average adult.

Why don't you drop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and join in on the fun. I promise you won't be alone. You can get there by clicking on this link:
I hope you enjoyed my contribution! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "I" is for Information

Is too much information useless?

Is too little information dangerous?

Is information knowledge?

Can we learn from it?

A Commanding Officer once told my ex son-in-law ….. “I didn’t know... is not a valid excuse. It’s up to you to know.”

According to a quote from Albert Einstein ~Information is not knowledge.

I’m not sure in what context he was applying his quote to, but for me, learning information helps me to become knowledgeable.

So…here is a little piece of information I find fascinating.

Times Beach, Missouri
Route 66 State Park in Missouri was once called Times Beach, Missouri.

Times Beach was founded in 1925 as a resort community that eventually became home to 2200 residents.

It is the site of one of America’s worst pollution disasters.

Times Beach could not afford to pave their roads, thus from 1972 to 1975 city officials hired a waste hauler to spray waste oil on unpaved roads to alleviate dust.

The waste hauler also used waste oil to control dust in horse stables which resulted in the death of over 60 horses. In 1979 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was called in to investigate. It was found that the waste hauler had subcontracted to haul waste for Northeastern Pharmaceutical and Chemical Company (NEPACCO).

During the Vietnam War, the NEPACCO facility had been a producer of Agent Orange and the waste clay and water removed from the plant contained levels of dioxin some 2,000 times higher than the dioxin content in Agent Orange.

The waste hauler claimed he was unaware that the waste contained dioxin. The dioxin had already permeated the soil, and flooding from the Meramec River further spread the dioxin throughout the town.

Long story short…..

The town was bought, dismantled and decontaminated by the United States Environmental Agency (EPA). The EPA purchased the town for 32 million dollars and spent 110 million dollars cleaning it up before turning it over to the State of Missouri.

Though dioxin has been connected to cancer, skin diseases, immune disorders, and birth defects, the long term effect on the exposed residents is still unknown.

This information was brought to you by the letter “I”. Please stop by Jenny Matlock’s blog (off on my tangent) and checkout other stories about the letter “I”. You can get there by clicking on this link:

I hope you enjoyed my contribution for this week’s Alphabe~Thursday. Thanks for stopping by! ~Ames

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Centus #58 Are You Prepared?

Here we are again, another Saturday Centus and a challenge to stimulate our minds. You know what they say...If you don't use it you lose it! 

This week Jenny's prompt has been provided by Nonna Beach. Everyone knows Nonna right? If not, please stop by and introduce yourself to her over at her blog: 

This week's prompt is "The wall was built long ago" and is in bold. Jenny has increased the word allowance to 200 not including the prompt.

Now onto my contribution.....

In the year 2012, the world started to change. The frequency of earthquakes, tornadic and volcanic activity increased to the point that civilization could not rebound before another event would occur. There was so much devastation that any hope of receiving humanitarian aid all but came to a standstill.

Those that remained in a state of preparedness throughout the years managed better than others. They listened and they survived. The millions of homeless people sought shelter on higher ground.

Those that lived along the eastern coastal stretch of land in Florida called Merritt’s Island would not leave. They believed that an old Seminole Indian blessing protected the area from hurricanes and other forces of nature. They believed that NASA had chosen the site of Kennedy Space Center for that very same reason. Then NASA left. Did the government know and just not warn those left behind?

False security was placed on a 10 foot seawall that founding fathers built to break the impact of an approaching tsunami. The wall was built long ago and it did not hold. The islanders could never have fathomed the height and speed of the tsunami created by the collapsing Cumbre Vieja volcano. Thousands of souls were washed out to sea.

Are you prepared to be swept away by some really interesting stories? Why don't you stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent), you can get there by clicking on this link:

So? Are you prepared?

Hope you enjoyed my fictional story. Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "H" is for.....

Source unknown

Hungry for some fun? Stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out the letter "H". You can get there by clicking on this link.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday Centus #57~ Sheez Makin Me Crazee

Oh my, Jenny is playing down and dirty this week. Talk about shake up. Woweee she knows how to drive a girl crazy. 100 words not so bad...50 words a little harder...but 25 words? OMG.

Well here is what I have to say about that.....

Twenty-five words?

This feels absurd.

One question I ask,

before completing this task.

Will there be more my friend?

Or will this be the end?

Hey I did it! Now I need to take an Excedrin and go lay down. I'm traumatized.
Just kiddin!
Hey why don't you stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and see what kind of torment she has stirred up over there for this Saturday Centus. You can get there by clicking on this link:
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!~Ames

P.S. Dear Jenny if'n yer a readin this... we're just pickin on ya! We love ya...we mean it!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "G" is for Groovin

One of my favorite songs from the 60's by The Young Rascals.

Click on the link below and enjoy!

Groovin....on a  Sunday afternoon.......

It brings back memories. Why don't you stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and  check out other post about the letter "G". You can get there by clicking here:

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames