I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all have a superb New Years Eve and Day. I had a really good Christmas. I got some time off work and spent a lot of time with family. We did some projects at my parents’ house and did some painting at my house. It was good to spend time with my family. It’s always good when we’re all together.

Now for the poem.

I’m glad for a break, time spent with the fam
Holidays for celebrating the birth of the lamb
Good times remembered, laughing together
I wish it could stay like this forever.

But I know it can’t, we all must go home
Our own places and things to take care of
Still, we’ve made memories to put in the family tome
Lots of fun, good times, and love
Cannot be taken from any of us
No matter how the world tries
Recharged our batteries out of the worlds fuss
Away from the cruelty and lies.

Yes, good times remembered, wish we didn’t have to leave
But life keeps coming, lets hope this year has nothing up it’s sleeve
I’m ready to face it, knowing family has my back
I’ll make it through no matter how the odds stack.

Happy New Years to everyone! Thanks for a fun, funny year, and thanks for reading my ramblings as I find my blogging voice.

Christmas Eve Poem

December 24, 2012

I’m a little later than usual to get this out today. I’ve had family in town so I’ve been hanging out most of the day. I hope everyone has had a super Christmas Eve and has a wonderful Christmas.

I answer the phone, “Christmas Eve gift!” I say
Just as my grandma did in her special way.
This is the first Christmas I can’t talk to her
She’s gone home to be with her savior.

Its been a hard year, losing her and others,
But I’ve learned from her my sisters and brothers.
She showed me love, unconditional and caring
Always thinking of others and her time sharing.

Family has always been the best part of holidays
Loving and laughing; for each other always.
We eat lots of food, drink some egg nog
And laugh at the anecdotes of our cats and the dog.

Let family and friends know how you feel
Over drinks or games or a good meal.
Share your memories and your loved ones are near
Celebrate with gladness and be of good cheer.

Again, I hope you all have a great Christmas!

Welcome back. It’s been a while since I got three posts up in a week, so I’m excited. First I want to thank everyone who helped me break 500 all time views. I’m really stoked about that. I couldn’t have done it without you guys…….well…………I could have, but it would have been a lot of me clicking and re-clicking on my own stuff……..soooooo….thanks for not letting me become a complete and total weirdo. Now, on to the promoting of fun things I’ve been enjoying lately.

First, I have to tell you about my friend Joseph’s (@thejosephcraven on twitter) story. He’s releasing one chapter a day from the 17th to the end of the year. It’s called The Other One and I’ve been loving it! It’s told in first person from the perspective of the main character who has gone home for the first time since his best friend passed away. The relationships, interactions, and characters are all superb. This story is worth your time to check out and you don’t have to follow, sign up, pay, or anything to read it, you just got to Joseph’s blog right here to start reading and keep checking back every day for the next chapter. it’s super great!

Next, my fellow Bearded Blogger, Tyler Tarver (@tylertarver on twitter) posted a video he helped make for some friends called A Very Zombie Christmas and its hilarious! Tyler and Joseph are both members of The Courtesy Laugh Podcast, which is awesome and you should check that out too…..right now……….I’ll wait.

Finally, the latest thing I’ve been enjoying is the new ios app from Penny Arcade. It’s called Penny Arcade the Game: Gamers vs. Evil. It’s the only thing on my list that costs money. If you’re like a lot of people I know, you don’t ever really spend money on iPhone/iPad games, but this one is worth it to me. It’s a collectible card game which is based on a physical game you can purchase here. I’ve never played the physical game, but I’m really enjoying the ios version. If you end up with some left over gift card this Christmas, you should do yourself a favor and get this game.

I’m trying to come up with a good sign-off, so if anyone can think of one, let me know. Thanks.

what are some things you’ve been enjoying this Christmas season?

UGG-ly-s

December 18, 2012

So, despite my better judgment, I feel I really need to talk about foot fashion again. With the weather cooling down some I’ve started seeing people in UGGs again. If you’re not familiar with this popular boot of old here’s a picture:

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These things were hideous when they originally came out. They are clunky and just plain ridiculous! The name is silly too. They couldn’t just outright call them ugly, that would be unfair to the definition of something that is merely ugly, they called them UGGs. Ugly was too good a name for them. They instead used the phrase Charlie Brown screams every time he misses that football held by Lucy. I can’t help but wonder why we as a culture automatically follow any fad we see on TV or in a magazine, no matter how silly it is. Look at all the stuff society has done because someone who was slightly famous did it first. Now, step back and really take a look. Was it something worth doing, or some fad worth following? Most of the time, not really. Is it really even “cool” or “stylin'” or “ill”, depending on what generation you belong to? Usually, looking back, it is all nothing more than stupid. Lets try and be individuals this coming year and not just follow the trends.

Lord, I want you

December 17, 2012

Well, here’s another Monday. I wasn’t quite ready for the weekend to be over, but it’s back to work time. Today, I’ve got a poem I wrote a while ago. I hope you like it.

Lord, I want to serve you,
But sometimes it’s just so hard.
Lord, I want to be near you,
But lately I just get scars.

Lord, I want to see you,
But this darkness clouds my sight.
Lord, I want to love you,
But I’ve no love of my own this night.

So, Lord I ask, let me serve you,
And I pray you would bring me near.
Lord, open my eyes to see you,
And give me love to conquer every fear.

I hope you have a great week and I’ll be posting again Wednesday or Thursday. Thanks for reading.

Shopping cart etiquette

December 13, 2012

Okay, I’ve gotta blow off some steam. I get so perturbed when I see shopping carts left all over the place in a parking lot. It’s ridiculous! What are we? Five? Do you need your mommy to tell you to put what you used in the right place? If you have the motor skills to push the cart around the store and load it down with your stuff, then you have no excuse other than sheer rudeness, laziness, and plain old being inconsiderate of your fellow shoppers and the employees of the store who have to gather the carts up. Ok, so you had to park a long way out, an extra two minutes to walk your buggy back to a proper drop off and walk back to your car isn’t going to kill you. It’s probably good for you. What really gets me though is when a person is parked next to a drop off and they don’t take the two steps to put the buggy in the correct place. This is inexcusable. There should be laws against it. These people should be chained up in the town square for public humiliation. I know what you’re thinking, “David, aren’t you going a bit far?” No! It’s unacceptable behavior. No polite society should be that inconsiderate. You may think you’re not bothering anyone when you’re leaving your cart in that empty space beside where you parked, but what about when the parking lot gets full? Then your cart is taking up a valuable space that it doesn’t need to be in. What about when the wind blows your cart into someone else’s vehicle and scratches it up? So, all I’m asking for is a little basic consideration. Be a little more thoughtful of others and take the extra minute or two to put your buggy up. Thank you.

Rainy day

December 10, 2012

Today’s poem is a little late. Sorry. I’ll get right to it.

A day off to catch up on Bones
Sit on the couch, turn off my phones.
Pull up my blanket, listen to the rain.
A day to relax and keep sane.

Folding some clothes, doing a little bit
Just catching up, rainy days are a hit.
A frozen pizza, a glass of coke,
One of my favorite meals, no joke.

All in all a pretty good day
Some time alone was just the way
To relax and refresh another week to face
Just gotta keep going, keep a steady pace.

Again, sorry I’m a bit late in the day for posting this. Hope you enjoyed it.

I just finished the most recent R. A. Salvatore novel, “Charon’s Claw”. It was good. It wasn’t his best work in my opinion, but still leagues beyond most of what’s being put out now. The fight scenes are nothing less than stunning and left me in awe of the vivid descriptions. The rest of the book, plot, relationships, character growth, etc., left me wanting. It all seemed a little forced. If you enjoy the Drizzt novels then I would highly recommend you get this one if you haven’t already, if you’re not sure or have never read one, this is not the one to start with or get you hooked. Overall, if your already a fan of Drizzt, D&D, or the Forgotten Realms setting, you’ll probably like this addition, if not, it won’t really be your cup of tea/coffee/coke (whichever you prefer).

I also recently read season 1 of the post-apocalyptical serial novel “Those That Remain” by Knox McCoy. Now, if you’re looking for a post-apocalypse story that is dark, brooding, and takes itself way too seriously, this is not for you. However, if you’re interested in a light, fun, funny, slightly dark comedyish style of post zombie apocalypse, then look no further (or is it farther? I never remember) because this is the story for you! Knox releases the tale a chapter at a time (hence the “serial” part) and weaves a witty, interesting tale of regular people just trying to survive and not freak out. He intermingles people he really knows in real life with those he has made up. I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed it, and I don’t really even like zombie stuff. What could make this even better? Well now you can get chapter 1 for free! just click here to go to Knox’s website and find out how to download the first chapter for free. Pretty awesome!

Finally today, I realized I haven’t posted anything about the land that got me hooked on fantasy specifically, and on reading in general. Prydain, the land where magic happens and good faces evil. The land of Taran, the assistant pig-keeper to an oracular pig. The land created by Lloyd Alexander. My family all enjoy reading, but when I was young everyone but my oldest sister had given up on me being an avid reader. She read me “The Borrowers”, which I remember very little of, and “The Book of Three”. After she finished reading me this book, I borrowed it and it became the first real book (not golden book) I ever read cover to cover. I haven’t looked back since. Years later I found out it was the first book of a series, so I was able to delve back into Prydain to find out more of what happened with those characters I fell in love with. I saw them grow. I saw them in high spots and low spots, prideful and humbled, I, in a way, grew up with them and learned from them. I go back and read this whole series every year now for the past 9 years and I’m always stunned by the things I didn’t see before or have forgotten. They never get old. The lessons never feel forced. The growth is always natural. I love Alexander’s writing. It’s always easy enough for young people to understand and follow, gripping enough for those who may not be big readers, and there’s always something there just under the surface for the adults big kids/advanced readers. If you’ve never read any of the Prydain Chronicles books, then do so. Get them to read to a kid, or just to read for yourself. The stories and lessons to be told and learned are timeless.

It’s Monday, so it’s time for another poem. I’m trying to get into the Christmas spirit, and I was in my first ever Christmas parade this past weekend (more on that later this week), so today’s poem is going to be about the Christmas season.

What is the Christmas season?
Gifts to be given and received?
No? So what may be the reason
We allow ourselves to be deceived?

Parades are nifty and lots of fun,
Decorations are festive and great.
It’s nice to give gifts and cards by the ton,
And none of that’s bad, I’ll readily state.

So what’s my problem with Christmas you may ask?
“Basically,” I’ll say, “it’s that the festivities are the focus.”
Like going to a party without caring for the host or the task,
But just excited about the food and performances hocus.

We forget the reason for the joy and fun
And get shucked and jived by the lies all around.
Consumerism has taken over, grabbed Christmas and run.
The ship has been taken and they’re running it aground.

Don’t let them steal Christmas or its truth.
I implore you, remember, while the stuff is nice,
Show others around you, especially our youth,
The real meaning of Christmas is Jesus Christ.

Well, that about wraps it up. Thanks for reading. I know these aren’t the greatest poems, but I’m writing them as I go. Maybe someday I’ll get ahead and get the Monday morning poem written up over the weekend. We’ll see.

What’s your favorite Christmas memory/poem/song?

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